Online Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Program at a Glance

  • Coursework addresses proactive strategies for working with young children with autism spectrum disorders, families, and other professionals.
  • The program can be completed in 6 months of full-time study.
  • Faculty are active professionals in the field and present and share their expertise at national conferences.
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
5 months
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
(16 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Postbaccalaureate Certificate Overview

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 59 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder.* The ASD Postbaccalaureate Certificate is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to assist children with autism as well as their families. Prospective students who may benefit from this program include early childhood educators, support specialists, tutors, childcare workers, and early interventionists.

Program highlights include:

  • Understanding of the common characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorders in young children
  • Developing the skills needed to design materials for effective communication with professionals, parents, and caregivers of young children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Studying strategies to modify a classroom environment to meet the needs of young children with autism spectrum disorders

Is This Certificate Program Right for You?

The online Autism Spectrum Disorders certificate is designed for early childhood professionals interested in developing additional competencies for working with young children (birth to age 8) with autism spectrum disorders.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Engage With Fellow Students

Online discussion boards provide the opportunity to engage with others and learn from their experiences.

Students are also invited to join organizations such as Autism Speaks U for further networking and educational opportunities.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required to enroll. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

    Financial Aid FAQ

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

Courses focus on equipping professionals who work with autistic children with proactive strategies for language and skill development and behavior intervention and strategies.

The curriculum is based on current research in the field of autism and coursework focuses on applied theory, ethics, and professionalism in both the general education and special education settings.

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Sample Courses
  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children
  • Language and Social Skill Development for Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Teaching Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavior Intervention and Strategies for Working With Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Program Requirements

  • Major Credits
  • Total Credits

Career Opportunities

The ASD Postbaccalaureate Certificate focuses on equipping professionals who work with children with autism spectrum disorders with proactive strategies for language and skill development and behavior intervention.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Monitoring
  2. Service Orientation
  3. Social Perceptiveness
  4. Active Listening
  5. Coordination

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

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Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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Program Brochure

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*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data & Statistics, on the Internet at

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements of this program do not guarantee or prepare you for licensure in any state upon graduation.