2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog

Graduate Certificate in Teaching Students with Autism 15 credits

This program of study has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Autism Endorsement in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This graduate certificate program focuses on improving teacher knowledge to best support students with autism to reach their full potential, with content ranging from etiology/physiology to educational and community supports. Graduate students will study research and learn strategies designed to successfully support students with autism in educational settings from pre-kindergarten through transition to adulthood. A field experience and assessment seminar are required.

Students not interested in, or not eligible for, the state credential may enroll for the certificate only.

Program Prerequisites:

For Graduate Certificate

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Permission of program coordinator
  • Additional coursework may be required

For Massachusetts Autism Endorsement: Massachusetts Initial or Professional teacher license in one of the following:

  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities
  • Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities
  • Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Orientation Requirement: Accepted students must complete a new student orientation during their first semester.

Program of Study

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

Required Courses (15 credits):

ESPED 6018Physiology and Foundations: Autism Spectrum Disorder


ESPED 6017Socialization and Communication Supports: Autism Spectrum Disorder


ESPED 6016Understanding Complex Behavior: Autism Spectrum Disorder


ESPED 6010Assessment and Curriculum Planning: Seminar and Field Experience


ESPED 6015Collaboration, Advocacy, and Ethics: Autism Spectrum Disorder