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Autism Studies Certifications

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Autism is a growing concern for families and educators as rates of diagnosis rise. According to the Centers and Disease Control, 1 in 68 children has been identified with the disorder, which occurs across all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines.1 Today there is a greater understanding of the specific needs of autistic individuals, which is driving a need for professionals with expertise in research and best practices related to teaching and caring for them.

To meet this expanding need, Saint Joseph’s University offers a variety of certificate programs for different educational levels and professional outcomes. The abilities and challenges of each individual with autism spectrum disorder are unique, so these certificates provide a comprehensive education in topics such as behavior analysis and social skills development to prepare you to assist and empower members of this population.


About 44 percent of children diagnosed with ASD have average to above average intellectual ability1.


Boys are 4.5 times more likely to be identified with ASD
than girls1.

Autism Studies Certification (Post-baccalaureate)

The curriculum for this certificate program consists of ten courses: seven lecture-based courses that cover topics including an introduction to autism theories, techniques, treatment, and therapies; three concentrated field experience courses. The program thus provides specialized training in areas related to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals who are on the autism spectrum. This coursework has been verified to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. Students who wish to work with autistic individuals through schools, behavioral health organizations, social services agencies, and community programs as counselors, educators, and interventionists should consider this option.

What Can I Do with this Certificate?

Graduates of this program work with individuals who are on the autism spectrum in a wide range of settings, from primary schools to mental health facilities. You might teach or work as an aide for children with autism in a special education classroom, or work with adults with autism in social services or community programs. Communicating with and supporting the families and caregivers of autistic individuals is another career path in autism studies. This certificate program also can be an add-on to careers in social work, counseling, human services, and more.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement

The ASD endorsement is designed for educators. The curriculum consists of four courses that provide a thorough foundation in the principles, ethics, and methods of best practices in ASD education for individuals of all ages. It promotes teaching skills that fill a growing demand in the special education field for qualified professionals who can provide specialized services for students with ASD. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has officially endorsed this program, signifying that it meets state standards for teaching education in this area.

What Can I Do with an Autism Endorsement?

The National Center for Education Statistics notes that 91 percent of children with autism spend all or part of their school days within general classrooms. The Autism Endorsement can benefit educators who wish to help these students mainstream into the general classroom as well as those who wish to take on specialized roles for students with ASD and other learning disabilities. Coursework provides training in socialization strategies, instructional methodologies, and behavior management, all of which can help students with ASD learn to the best of their abilities as well as gain important life skills. It also positions teachers to become Certified Autism Specialists, a national endorsement from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

To learn more about the online Autism Studies certificates from Saint Joseph’s University and how they can serve your career goals, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information below.


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