Therapist working with autistic child

Certificate of Graduate Study




Program of Study

The three-course sequence (9 credits) focuses on the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders and the science of applied behavior analysis. You will study empirically validated intervention techniques for individuals with autism that emphasize cultural, ethical and practice standards.

Required Courses

Autism I: Introduction to the Science of Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis

Learn about the characteristics of autism, its biological bases, and historical perspectives. Gain an in-depth understanding of research designs and the process of conducting functional behavior assessments.

Autism II: Introduction to Intervention

Master evidence based intervention methods used to improve lives of individuals with autism. Learn about programmatic efforts to increase appropriate behaviors and decrease challenging behaviors. Study how to design interventions allowing an individual with autism to successfully navigate a variety of environments.

Autism III: Practicum in Intervention

Utilize your knowledge in a supervised human service-agency setting, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders to gain experience with practical and ethical applications.

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information contact Dr. Kristin Knapp-Ines at 518-442-5418 or [email protected], or Dr. Kristin V. Christodulu at 518-442-2574 or [email protected].

The institution has not made a determination regarding the educational requirements for any other state in regards to licensing requirements or eligibility.


Applied Learning

You will learn and work with faculty who are active researches in the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). This university-affiliated resource center integrates research, practice and training in community settings to provide support to families and professionals through workshops, seminars and conferences.

A man reads a book with an autistic child


Career Outcomes

Use the knowledge and skills you gain immediately in the workplace to improve student outcomes, coach staff and develop professionally. In addition, upon successful completion of the program, you may partially meet the education and supervised experience requirements necessary for admission to the licensing examination for Certified Behavior Analyst Assistant (CBAA) with the NYS Education Department.

Earning a CGS in Autism will prepare you for positions such as:

  • General education
  • Special education
  • Social worker
  • School psychologist
  • Counselor
  • Care and service coordinator
  • Program management and behavior analyst



Therapy session
Admissions Requirements
  • Fall: Rolling  
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Resume
  • Statement of goals
Special Notes

Potential students for the program should hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in psychology, education, special education, social work, counseling, school psychology, applied behavior analysis, speech-language pathology or related field. In your Statement of Goals please include a description of your background and how it is related to this program. 

This program is not eligible for federal financial aid.

This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.