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Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate (online)

The first cohort for this certificate will begin in Fall 2020

Overall employment of special education teachers is projected to grow 8 percent from
2016 to 2026. School enrollment and the demand for special education services
should drive employment growth.*

Beginning fall 2020, our 100% online program provides the skills to educate students with
autism spectrum disorders -- apply today and make a difference in the lives of
children with autism spectrum disorders.

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Certificate Overview

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate is designed to provide licensed educators with specialized knowledge and skills to meet the unique and complex needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Educators who hold a teaching license at the initial or professional level who have at least three credits related to special education are eligible to apply for this certificate program. This four course certificate program (12 credits total) is sequenced to meet the subject matter knowledge requirements for obtaining the Autism Endorsement for Educator Licensure through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Requirements and Curriculum

Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate

Note: The state requires 150 field-based experience hours, with a minimum of 75 hours in an inclusive setting with students with autism and 75 hours of additional experience in any type of school setting working with students with autism.

Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admission requirements are as follows:

  • An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • An official transcript of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or matriculation into a Fitchburg State master of education degree program
  • Copy of an initial or professional license
  • Professional resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement (maximum 300 words). The statement should describe your goals and reasons for applying to this program and should include information about previous coursework, training or work experience related to the program.
  • Graduate application and fee


This certificate program is offered completely online.

Total Credits

12 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees


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Time Frame

While you can complete the program (just four courses) in as little as two semesters, you have six years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

  • Designed for current teachers
  • 100% online certificate
  • Accelerated 7-week course format
  • Complete in as little as two semesters, only four courses

Career Opportunities

  • Autism spectrum disorder specialist
  • Special education teacher
  • Applied behavior analyst
  • Occupational therapist
  • Social worker

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*View the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Special Education Teachers (visited May 10, 2018).