Autism spectrum disorder certificate

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Autism spectrum disorder certificate

Help young people with ASD and their families

Approximately 1 out of 68 children have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), with some recent studies citing dramatic apparent increases in prevalence in certain locales.* In Minnesota, 15,000 school­age children are identified with ASD.**

Meet the growing demand for professionals in this field. Students in our ASD certificate program are trained to assist children and youth with ASD and their families.

Please note: If you are interested in becoming a licensed teacher, you should apply for the M.Ed/licensure program in ASD. The certificate program is designed primarily for related service professionals (i.e., speech-language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, medical professionals, social workers) and educational professionals who would like to gain additional content knowledge about working with individuals with ASD. This program does not prepare you to be a licensed teacher in the field of ASD.


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.

As a student in the ASD certificate program, you’ll receive specialized training in assessment, intervention, and treatment evaluation. You’ll leave the program equipped with the most effective instructional and behavioral methods for young people with ASD. Additional areas of focus include: ethical issues related to treatment delivery, the need for supervision by qualified professionals, and the limits of candidates’ individual skills.

Undergraduate coursework (12 credits)

Graduate coursework (12 credits)

Early childhood special education MEd/licensure with autism spectrum disorder certificate

We’re now offering the option for early childhood special education (ECSE) MEd/licensure students to add an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) certificate to their licensure and/or degree. In the early childhood special education (ECSE) program, you'll prepare to teach young children, birth through age six, with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities. You'll leave the program with the skills to: identify the need for early intervention, provide research-based services to children and their families in their home, school, and community settings, and, ultimately, help children and families successfully transition to kindergarten. In addition, the specialized training you’ll receive related to assessment and treatment practices for children with ASD will lead to a certificate in ASD. With your ECSE MEd and ASD certificate in hand, you’ll be equipped to facilitate early identification and intervention for toddlers and preschoolers with ASD. These skills will make you a valuable addition to any ECSE program.

Visit the ECSE page for more information.


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M.Y. Savana Bak

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Language and social communications
  • Early intensive behavior intervention
  • Special education
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Jason Wolff McKnight Presidential Fellow, Autism spectrum disorder certificate coordinator
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  • Early brain and behavioral development in children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Restricted and repetitive behaviors associated with autism and other developmental disabilities
  • Identifying neurodevelopmental moderators of response to early intervention
  • Integrating neuroscience with special education research

* Center for Disease Control

**State of Minnesota Child Count, 2012