Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

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


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


    Michigan Teaching Certification

    School Overview

    Oakland University was founded in 1957 when Matilda Dodge Wilson and her husband Alfred Wilson donated their 1,500-acre estate to Michigan State University. In 1959, what is now Oakland University opened under the name Michigan State University-Oakland. When it first opened there were only 570 students and the campus was comprised of just three buildings. In 1963, Michigan State University-Oakland was renamed Oakland University. Today it remains the only major public research university located in Oakland County, Michigan. Part of the mission of OU is “...In all its activities, Oakland University strives to exemplify educational leadership in a diverse and inclusive environment."

    Students enrolled at Oakland University have the choice of choosing a major in one of six different schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Business Administration
    • School of Education and Human Services
    • School of Engineering and Computer Science
    • School of Health Science
    • School of Nursing

    To accommodate the busy lives of many of the students at Oakland University, there are a slew of online courses and many bachelor's and master's programs that can be completed entirely online. There are also numerous certificates that can be completed online and other degrees that can be completed partially online.


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