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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Certificate

Program Details

Oakland University offers an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Certificate ideal for individuals who have or are in the process of obtaining a teaching certificate in Michigan and want to specialize in teaching students with autism.  All credits earned during this program may be transferred to the M.Ed. in Special Education at Oakland.  Likewise, if the applicant already has a prior endorsement in special education this certificate can be completed through Autism Collaborative Endorsement (ACE).  

Oakland University’s online programs combine traditional education with new, innovative technologies that allow for students to complete all or most of their degree through computer coursework.  Online courses share many of the common features of traditional classes such as a teacher, peers, a syllabus, reading material, course activities, and evaluations.  The difference is that most participation occurs online rather than having face-to-face discussions in a classroom; for instance, students would discuss material on a threaded discussion board, or as part of a chat room.  Not all programs are entirely online, so applicants should choose their degree programs appropriately.  Some students may appreciate a flexible blend of online and on-campus courses.  Online courses are usually synchronous in format (meaning that course work follows the same schedule as on-campus class equivalents and assignments are due on the same dates).

The ASD Certificate has two options for a plan of study.  Option A requires the applicant to hold a prior special education endorsement in Michigan.  This plan is a 19 credit hour program, courses include: Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Educational Procedures for Students with ASD, Communication and Language Issues in ASD, Behavioral and Social Issues in Students with ASD, Collaboration and Consultation Skills- ASD, and Practicum- Autism Spectrum Disorder K-12.  Option B only requires that the applicant hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate.  Plan B is a 27 credit hour program.  Classes required in addition to the above are: Legal Issues in Special Education and Assessment in Special Education.


Students must have an undergraduate or graduate degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher.

Accreditation & Licensing

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


Michigan Teaching Certification