Develop a deeper understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders so you can support the
strengths and challenges of individuals with ASD.
Prepare to serve people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This 100% online graduate
certificate program will prepare you to work in home-based settings; schools, hospitals,
state and private institutions; or other human service agencies. You'll learn the
latest methods, research and training associated with ASD.
Certificate - Graduate
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Why earn a graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorders online?
This part-time, flexible online graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
provides you with the skills and tools you need to effectively address the many and
varied challenges they face.
UND's online graduate autism program will allow you to:
Learn research supported methods for working with individuals with Autism Spectrum
Disorders or Pervasive Developmental Disorders and their caregivers/families.
Receive specialized training and resources designed for professionals, parents and
Review the latest research on providing quality, lifelong services.
Gain access to a support network for families, practitioners and professionals who
work with individuals that have ASD or PDD in rural settings.
Graduates of this online program are ready to serve individuals with ASD in a variety
of settings including at home or in schools, hospitals, state and private institutions,
or other human service agencies. You'll gain understanding in:
History, characteristics and theories associated with the spectrum.
Programs and methods that are most commonly applied in practice with persons with
ASD or are most frequently discussed in professional literature.
Chronic stressors experienced by caregivers and family members of persons with ASD.
Career/vocational options as related to the transition from high school through adult
Legal issues related to the provision of lifelong supports for persons with ASD.
Role and future of medicine and interventions for persons with ASD, including issues
related to conducting wellness examinations, medication treatments available and treatments
currently being studied.
What can you do with an autism spectrum disorder graduate certificate?
A graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders online gives you the strategic
skills you need, including:
Autism Spectrum Disorders graduate certificate holders have gone on to a variety of
successful careers with:
SPED 561. Methods for Autism Spectrum Disorder. 3 Credits.
This is a required course in a sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Its central purpose is to address commonly implemented intervention strategies, particularly those considered to be evidence based or research supported in the field of ASD. This course examines the current literature base supporting various interventions and strategies with a focus on matching the needs and strengths of individuals with ASD to the most appropriate intervention method based on data driven practice and research support for a particular intervention. F,S,SS.
SPED 567. Assessment in Autism Spectrum Disorder. 3 Credits.
This course is a required course in a sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This course will address the entire process of program planning for students with ASD including screening, evaluative assessment, ongoing assessment, using assessment to guide intervention planning, and monitoring progress. Students will explore a variety of methods and tools commonly used with individuals with ASD; specifically, standardized assessments, checklists, rating scales, structured observation tools, and curricular based assessments. Its central focus is on assessing the ongoing needs and strengths of individuals with ASD in order to plan successful interventions in further differentiating instruction. S,SS.
SPED 562. Autism Spectrum Disorder: Supports Across the Lifespan. 3 Credits.
This course is in a sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Issues related to parental reactions to diagnosis, stressors at home and school, strategies for empowering families, transitional situations for individuals with ASD, transitions to jobs and college, and legal issues will be explored. The central purpose of the course is threefold: a) to provide current information related to the chronic stressors experienced by caregivers and/or family members of persons with ASD; b) to provide current information regarding career/vocational options related to transitions from high school through adult life; and c) to provide current information regarding legal issues related to the provision of lifelong supports for persons with ASD. Prerequisite: Completed degree from a related field of study. S.
SPED 564. ASD: Structured Teaching. 3 Credits.
This is an elective course in the sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Its central purpose is to learn and apply the TEACCH methods with fidelity. There is a focus on the design and implementation of visually supported instruction. This method can be applied to instruction for individuals both with and without ASD. F.
SPED 565. ASD: Level 1 Supports and Foundations. 3 Credits.
This course is in a sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), specifically regarding individuals without an accompanying intellectual impairment. This includes those requiring level 1 supports such as high functioning autism, Asperger syndrome, or ASD requiring lower levels of support. Assessment, functional analysis, evidence-based practices, and transition will be addressed. Prerequisite: A completed degree from a related field of study. SS.
SPED 566. Autism Spectrum Disorder: Intensive Early Intervention. 3 Credits.
This is an elective course in the sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) birth to age six. Topics addressed will include basic characteristics of young children with ASD, the developmental implications for the children and their families, and research-supported early interventions utilizing a family-centered approach with an emphasis on natural learning opportunities. Prerequisite: A completed degree from a related field of study. F,SS.
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