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Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
(PA Endorsement)*

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 has significantly increased.

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

This program is also offered as a concentration within the M.S. 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.


Curriculum

The following five graduate level courses resulting in 16.5 credits are required to earn the Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

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

Code Name Credits
EDEX 551 Pervasive Developmental Disorders 4.5
EDEX 556 Characteristics & Methods: Autism 3.0
EDEX 558 Char & Meth: High Functioning Autism 3.0
EDEX 560 Comm & Language Interventions: ASD 3.0
EDEX 562 Behavior and Sensory Support: ASD 3.0