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Graduate Certificate in Autism

Program Details

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.


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

Accreditation & Licensing

American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education

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

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)


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