Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Kaplan University is committed to helping build the leaders and professionals of tomorrow who have a passion and commitment to serving the autistic population.

Developed specifically for early childhood professionals working with and supporting young children, our ASD certificate coursework focuses on applied theory and ethics for professionals in various education- and support settings. Whether you’re an early childhood teacher, special educator, school psychologist, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, or social service professional, this online certificate program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to assist children with autism and their families.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program Highlights

Kaplan University’s ASD certificate program focuses on equipping professionals who work with autistic children with proactive strategies for language and skill development and behavior intervention and strategies. Some program highlights include:

  • A curriculum based on current research in the field of autism and coursework focused on applied theory, ethics, and professionalism in both the general education and special education settings.
  • Understanding of the common characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorders in young children.
  • Developing the skills needed to design materials for effective communication with professionals, parents, and caregivers of young children with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Studying strategies to modify a classroom environment to meet the needs of young children with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Program completion in 6 months of full-time study, provided student enrolls in back-to-back terms.
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What Are the Career Opportunities?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder.* Additionally, with the increase in federal funding for autism services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), demand is expected to be high for trained professionals who can work with autistic children. Prospective students who may benefit from this program include:

  • Early childhood educators and support specialists
  • Special educators
  • Tutors
  • Development professions
  • Inclusion teachers
  • Childcare workers

Future Studies

Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Kaplan University degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Kaplan University.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Certificate Requirements

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 24

    Total Program Credits: 24

    • CE 340: INTRODUCTION TO AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS IN YOUNG CHILDREN Change

      This course introduces students to autism spectrum disorders in young children. Topics include the historical and theoretical foundations of autism and current diagnostic criteria. Students will differentiate the characteristics of autism including comparing differences in brain structure as well as social, emotional, communication, behavioral, sensory-motor, and cognitive characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorders.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CE 350: LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN WITH AUTISM Change

      This course addresses the study of language and communication issues and disorders in young children with autism. Students will discuss language assessment and intervention models and programs for children with autism.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CE 340

    • CE 440: TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN WITH AUTISM Change

      This course presents an overview of interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorders and the strategies needed for teaching. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based interventions, with a review of nonresearch-based interventions, in order for students to become critical consumers of the literature related to autism intervention. Students will learn pedagogical foundations for best practice in instructional programming and curriculum development for young children with autism spectrum disorders. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CE 340 and CE 350

    • CE 450: BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION AND STRATEGIES FOR WORKING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN WITH AUTISM Change

      This course builds on prior knowledge as students examine classroom management and applied behavior analysis strategies. Students will focus on implementation and evaluation of individual and group management programs for young children with autism spectrum disorders.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CE 350 and CE 440

Curriculum: Concentration

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$371.00 cost per credit
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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.


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*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data & Statistics, on the Internet at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html

IDEA Regulations: Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team Meetings and Changes to the IEP, on the Internet at http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/,root,dynamic,TopicalBrief,9,.html