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.
COURSE EFFORT 18 Hours per Week
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

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

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the certificate in autism spectrum disorders online program, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sample Courses
  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children
  • Language and Social Skill Development for Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Teaching Young Children With Autism
  • Behavior Intervention and Strategies for Working With Young Children With Autism
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Credit Breakdown
  • Major Credits24
  • Total Credits24

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Get to Know Our Faculty

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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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

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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.