Program Overview

Kent State University offers an online certificate program in the area of Autism study.  The certificate is designed to give professionals, already holding a Bachelors level degree, the additional understanding of the needed skills when teaching and providing for inpiduals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The other disorders classified under ASD include Autism, Asperger syndrome, pervasive development disorder, child hood disintegrative disorder and Rett syndrome.  The program will most benefit educators, special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, psychologists and human services inpiduals.   

The certificate is comprised of 21 credit hours, and delves into the critical and essential areas of study pertaining to the advance conceptualization of understanding, describing and implementing treatment processes.  The core courses develop the student’s abilities to recognize, assess, implement programs, effectively serve and address the needs of families of those diagnosed with ASD.  The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity and resources to make a significant contribution in inpiduals within social, community, school and professional settings.  The impact ASD has on an inpidual’s social and learning capabilities is a vastly misunderstood area of study and requires a well-rounded academic foundation.

Required core courses include: practical application, applied behavioral analysis, medical aspects of lifespan disabilities, theory and diagnosis.  The program will culminate with a final capstone course, demonstrating the students complete understanding and comprehension of the Autism program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Students must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.


    Not all of Kent State's online programs are available in every state. Students should check prior to enrollment.

    School Overview

    Kent State University is a large public university with its main campus located in Kent, Ohio. In addition to its main campus, Kent State also has campuses throughout Ohio in Burton, Salem, Warren, New Philadelphia, Ashtabula, Jackson Township, and East Liverpool. Founded in 1910 as the Kent State Normal School, it began as a school to train teachers. Over the years, the university has expanded and today offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many different areas of study including liberal arts, history, journalism, business and several others.

    Kent State offers students many different areas of study and degree levels, including certificates, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and a doctoral program in nursing available in online formats.


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