Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Postbaccalaureate Certificate

As the number of autism diagnoses continues to climb, the demand for professionals with the proper knowledge to effectively serve these children is also increasing. Kaplan University has been at the forefront of providing online degrees and certificates in areas such as applied behavior analysis and is committed to help 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, the certificate is based on current research in the field of autism and coursework focuses on applied theory, ethics, and 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 certificate is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to better help and be sensitive to the nuances of assisting children with autism and their families.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program Highlights

The certificate offers proactive strategies for professionals who work with children by exploring language and skill development for young children with autism, teaching young children with autism, and behavior intervention and strategies when working with children with autism. 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.
  • Gain an understanding of the common characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorders in young children.
  • Focus on the skills relevant to designing materials for effective communication with professionals, parents, and caregivers of young children with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Study strategies to modify a classroom environment and structure to meet the needs of young children with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Program can be completed in 6 months of full-time study provided student enrolls in back-to-back terms.

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?

The need for skilled professionals who can meet the needs of children with autism is expected to grow. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder.* Additionally, with the increasing number of children and families affected with autism and federal funding for autism services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the demand is expected to be high for trained professionals who can work with autistic children. The IDEA also calls for individualized education programs that meet the needs of children with disabilities which require professionals who understand autism spectrum disorders.Individuals who may benefit from this program include:

  • Early childhood education 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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*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