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
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 24
COST PER CREDIT $371
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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

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. 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

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

Note: At this time, the certificate in autism spectrum disorders online is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.

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.

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.

Careers in Autism Spectrum Disorder Fields

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 59 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder.* This online certificate program 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
  • Early interventionists

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.

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
  • 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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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

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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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data & Statistics, on the Internet at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.