Autism spectrum disordercertificate registration
This program is designed for current University of Minnesota undergraduate, graduate, and international students. Note: The certificate program alone does not allow international students to receive a visa. International students must be in a degree program to apply.
- Completion of 60 credit hours
- Minimum GPA: 2.80
- Completed undergraduate online application
- Minimum GPA: 3.0
- Graduate School Application
- Two letters of recommendation
- Strong personal statement
- International applicants only: TOEFL, ITS, etc. test scores
- Application fee
- October 15: Spring semester
- March 1: Fall or summer semester
- Fall: August 1
- Spring: December 15
- Summer: April 15
How to apply
Please complete the undergraduate certificate online application.
Choose “Ed Psych – Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate” from the program of student drop down box.
Required fields: Applicant Statement #1 (Statement of Interest), Transcripts, and Recommendations.
Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.
If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.
Applicant statement #1 - personal statement
Upload a statement (not to exceed three double-spaced pages) to your application, outlining your interests and professional goals. This statement is an integral part of your application and will be weighted heavily in its evaluation. You should include, minimally, the following points:
- How did you become interested in special education?
- What specific factors have led you to apply to Minnesota for this specialization?
- From whom have you received encouragement to continue work in educational psychology?
- What do you consider to be your outstanding strengths and weaknesses?
- Please mention specific skills, special talents or aptitudes. What aspects of or specific problems in your area of specialization interest you most at this point? What kinds of educational psychology work do you see yourself doing seven or eight years after you get your degree? Please describe briefly any participation in research, applied educational psychology, or employment which might be relevant to your application.
Certificate tuition varies, depending on a student’s enrollment status and residency. Tuition fees are charged according to the following criteria:
- Students enrolled in certificate and undergraduate programs pay undergraduate tuition rates.
- Students seeking only the certificate pay the CEHD departmental master’s (M.Ed.) tuition rate.
- Students enrolled in certificate and master of education (M.Ed.) programs pay the CEHD departmental master’s (M.Ed.) tuition rate.
- Students enrolled in Graduate School programs (e.g., M.A., Ph.D., Ed.D.) pay Graduate School tuition rates.
Financial aid & scholarships
General financial aid advising and information are available through One Stop.
For graduate assistantship/scholarship information (for students enrolled in graduate degree programs), contact the Graduate Assistant Employment office:
Mail: 200 Donhowe Minneapolis, MN 55455
Walk-in: 100 Donhowe Minneapolis, MN 55455
Program completion requirements
Final certificate clearance depends on completion of all course requirements, including the posting of final grades to the student’s transcript. Students will have a maximum of four years to complete coursework for the certificate
In addition to completing all program requirements, students must complete the following degree application process:
Apply for certificate completion at the same time you apply for your bachelor's degree.
Navigate to the graduate completion application via MyU through the “Academics” tab > “Degree Progress” and click on the Apply to Graduate link. Complete a Graduate Degree Plan listing your 13 program credits and signed by your adviser. Forms must be turned in no later than the first of the month that you intend to graduate.
Successful completion of the certificate will be noted on the student's official University of Minnesota transcript and an official certificate will be issued.