Human Development and Child Studies

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3077
Fax: (248) 370-4242

For more information, contact:

ASD Program Faculty Adviser:
Darlene Groomes, Ph.D.
(248) 370-4237

Autism Certificate (Endorsement) for Teachers

The ASD Certificate  is an 18- to 24-month online program designed for individuals who currently have or are eligible to receive a teaching certificate in Michigan, and who wish to receive state certification (endorsement) in autism spectrum disorders. All credits may apply to the M.Ed. in Special Education, if the requested transfer is made prior to completion of the certificate.

If you are not a teacher and are not intending to pursue teacher certification, but wish to learn about our Certificate in Autism - Multiple Disciplines program, please visit:  View Multiple Disciplines.
In partial fulfillment of the requirements to earn this credential, the Michigan Department of Education requires that candidates complete a minimum of 180 clock hours in an approved, supervised field experience, teaching students on the autism spectrum.  The field experience is offered as the final experience required for K-12 certification in ASD.  The specific nature of the experience will be individually determined at the time of approval of the field experience request. 
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Hold (or be eligible for) a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate (elementary or secondary certification)
  • Demonstrate potential for success in the program

This is an online program. All coursework, with the exception of the ASD Practicum, is completed online.

Find out if an online program is right for you.