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School of Education and Human Services
Human Development and Child Studies

Darlene A.G. Groomes, PhD, LPC, CRC
Special Education Program Coordinator and Associate Professor
405E Pawley Hall

Autism for Multiple Disciplines


Graduate Certificate in Autism for Multiple Disciplines


The Graduate Certificate in Autism for Multiple Disciplines, was created for individuals who wish to increase their expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders, but who do not have a Michigan teaching certificate and are not seeking a state-approved teaching endorsement. This program aims to meet the ever-increasing need for advanced formal education in autism for individuals working in disciplines other than teaching, particularly those who routinely serve students with autism (i.e., school psychologists, social workers, behavior specialists, counselors, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, health caregivers and others).

Plan of Study - Please see a sample Plan of Study showing a variety of courses that may be included in an individualized, 24-credit graduate certificate. Students can select courses of interest from both the approved coursework for the ASD teaching endorsement as well as various Special Education/Autism elective topics.

Practicum - There is no practicum for this graduate certificate.

Admissions Criteria
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrate potential for success in the program
Course Descriptions
All courses shown below are approved courses for the Graduate Certificate in Autism for Multiple Disciplines. Please click on the course title to view the course description.

Total Credits Required = 24 

Certificate Core:
SE 502: Legal Issues in Special Education
This course is an intensive study of federal legislation and the Michigan Special Education Rules and their implications for providing services to students with exceptionalities. Evaluation, IEPC's, related services, free and appropriate education, placement options, adequate referral and evaluation, investigation and due process hearings are highlighted. Student must be admitted to program. (4 credits)


SE 559: Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Characteristics and etiologies of Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger Syndrome throughout the life span.  An overview of instructional methodologies, legal issues and collaboration with families and other professionals are introduced. (3 credits)


Other Approved Courses:
SE 527: Educational Procedures for Students with ASD
Evaluation and instruction of students with autism spectrum disorders. Relates informal assessment to instructional planning in the cognitive, motor, and affective domains throughout the life span. Prevocational and vocational planning along with transitional issues and recreational/life skill needs are covered.  Prerequisites SE 559. (3 credits)


SE 578: Communication & Language Issues in ASD
Provides an overview of communication, typical and atypical language development across the life span, along with specific issues in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Interventions for the development of language and communication are covered.  Prerequisites SE 559. (3 credits)


SE 579: Behavioral & Social Issues in Students with ASD
Overview of behavioral principles, legal and theoretical issues, purposes of behavior and interventions with students with autism spectrum disorder. Emphasis on behavior as communication and constructive behavior plans.  Prerequisites SE 559. (3 credits)


SE 596: Collaboration & Consultation Skills in ASD
Designed to develop collaboration and consultation skills of special education teachers and other professionals. Includes home- school interactions, family and community support services. Emphasis is on autism spectrum disorders.  Prerequisites SE 559. (3 credits)


SE 640: Lives of Adolescents & Adults with ASD
Overview of the lives of adolescents and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including emotional and physical development; gender identity; self-concept; behavioral, social and communicative challenges; transitions to adulthood; employment post-secondary and residential options. Also addresses desired personal outcomes that result in an improved quality of life.  Prerequisite(s): Student must meet the prerequisites (SE 559) or have department permission. (4 credits)


SE 641: Counseling Issues in Students with Special Needs
The many sociocultural, familial, and personal influences that affect a person with disability are addressed. The course provides the student with a variety of opportunities to explore his/her own attitudes and beliefs about a person with disabilities. (4 credits)


SE 590** Special Topics
Variety of Special Education Topics (ranging from 2-6 credits).


How to Apply

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the published application deadlines.

Download an application packet. Read through the application packet carefully and submit all other required application paperwork to the designated areas. 

Complete the online graduate application by clicking the APPLY NOW button.

Application Type: Grad–Graduate Certificate 
Planned Course of Study: Online and/or Hybrid Program: Grad Cert in Autism Spectrum Disorder (50-100% Online)

**Make sure to NOT select Teaching Endorsement, as this program is not financial aid eligible.