Counseling, Leadership,
and Special Education


Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate

Books on ASD

Why pursue a graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorders at Missouri State?

The counseling, leadership and special education department offers a graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to non-degree seeking individuals or as an add-on to an existing master’s degree in education with a developmental disabilities emphasis. In our program, an emphasis is placed on supporting individuals with challenging behavior:

  • Through positive behavioral supports and supporting communication
  • Using validated, data-based programming to learn about sensory deficits

Building knowledge to better serve the needs of special populations

Our certificate program will not lead to teacher certification in autism; however, it is offered to support educators and other professionals who desire greater expertise in the area of autism spectrum disorders. This program is also offered to support professionals that are already working in the following fields:

  • Psychology
  • Communication disorders
  • Social work
  • Medicine
  • Other related specialties

Program Costs and Potential Occupations
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