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.


The ASD certificate is designed to supplement your degree program. The following are examples of career paths where the ASD certificate may be most appropriate:

  • Autism resource specialists
  • Public and private social service agency staff
  • Personnel at public and private schools
  • Treatment facility personnel
  • Psychology and education professionals


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. Note: The links below show requirements for Spring 2017. After Spring 2017, EPSY 5633 is no longer a requirement bringing total credits required down to 12.

Undergraduate coursework (12 credits)

Graduate coursework (12 credits)


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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