Graduate Certificate in Autism Education

The Autism Education Certificate will prepare highly qualified educators, (general educators and special educators), and related service providers to provide evidence-based practices and support to children with autism and their families. Scholars completing the certificate program will be able to deliver EBPs that are effective across developmental domains, can ameliorate negative effects, and improve long-term outcomes of student achievement.


Students complete a set 12 hours (4 course) program of study. Courses can be taken in any order. Students eligible for the certificate program must hold a bachelor’s degree in the field of education, special education, or related services.  Eligible students may or may not be concurrently enrolled in a graduate program.

Required Courses (9 Hours Total)
SPC_ED 8601Introduction to Autism3
SPC_ED 8604Autism without Co-occurring Intellectual Disability3
SPC_ED 8603Social Competency for Students with Autism3
Elective Course Options(3 Hours Total)
SPC_ED 8602Methods of Instruction for Students with Autism3
SPC_ED 8606Assessment in Autism, Special Education3
SPC_ED 8605Young Children with Autism3

Online Graduate Program Director: Dr. Jena Randolph
Special Education
Graduate Student Services
303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
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