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Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program - Pennsylvania

Drexel University School of Education

It is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, with an estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide affected. The need for professionals trained in this specialized area​, either through certificate or master’s degree programs,​ has significantly increased.

What Can a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders Do For You?

Drexel University’s​ online Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders degree program is an online certificate program designed for those who seek expertise in this critical-need area. Students who complete the program are equipped with an Autism Specialist Certificate and​ the fundamental skills, knowledge, teaching methods, interventions, and supports needed to work with students with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program Options

This online certificate program is​ offered as a concentration within the MS in Special Education​ or as a standalone program. Teacher certification is not a requirement for admission to the certificate or master’s degree program.

*Students who have an active PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate are eligible to apply for the PA Autism Spectrum Disorders endorsement upon completion of the program.

Course descriptions may be found in the Drexel University Course Catalog.

How Long Does It Take to Earn a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders?

  • Instructional Delivery: Online, Campus
  • Calendar Type: Quarter
  • Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
  • Number of Credits to Completion: 16.5

What are the Requirements to Earn a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with undergraduate GPA)
    • If you do not meet this requirement, you’re still encouraged to apply and your file will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Program Director

Required Documents

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
  • An essay describing why you're interested in pursuing this program
  • Additional requirements for International Students

Who is Eligible to Earn a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders?

  • Certificate Level: Graduate
  • Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
  • Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

How Do I Apply to the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Program at Drexel University?

For more information about this program, contact the program director:

Dr. Janet Sloand
Associate Clinical Professor
Reading and ESL Specialist Programs
jms557@drexel.edu