2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog

Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Allies and Advocates 12 credits

This online 12-credit certificate program is designed for those interested in a deeper understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through the lens of self-advocates. With courses centering around disability policies and practices, it focuses on the roles and choices of family members, friends, allies, and advocates who support those with ASD as they encounter barriers to a meaningful quality of life throughout the lifespan.

All courses are structured to move from an exploration of advocacy, behavior, quality of life, and the criminal justice system to a call for action by allies and advocates in each of these areas.

This certificate program may be used as a specialization to fulfill some of the coursework requirements of the M.Ed. Individually Designed Program for Educators.

Program Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.

Required Courses (12 credits):

ESPED 6020ASD: Roles of Allies and Advocates


ESPED 6021ASD: Challenges of the Criminal Justice System


ESPED 6022ASD: Focus on Individual Strengths - a Different View of Behavior


ESPED 6023ASD: Quality of Life - Transition and Adulthood