Impact the Lives of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Learn how to effectively understand and address the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan and in varied contexts such as general and special education classrooms and community settings.
The three-course sequence in the Certificate of Graduate Studies in Autism program provides you with a comprehensive overview of autism spectrum disorders, applied behavior analysis and intervention methods to improve outcomes for individuals with autism.
Interactive courses and fieldwork will prepare you for careers in areas such as general and special education, speech pathology, psychology, school psychology, social work, counseling, behavior analysis, care and service coordination and program management.
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.
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.
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.