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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Purdue Global is committed to helping build the leaders and professionals of tomorrow who have a passion and commitment to serving the autistic population.

Developed specifically for early childhood professionals working with and supporting young children, our ASD certificate coursework focuses on applied theory and ethics for professionals in various education- and support settings. Whether you’re an early childhood teacher, special educator, school psychologist, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, or social service professional, this online certificate program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to assist children with autism and their families.*

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Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Purdue Global degree programs.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program Highlights

The ASD certificate program focuses on equipping professionals who work with autistic children with proactive strategies for language and skill development and behavior intervention and strategies. Some 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.
  • Program completion in 6 months of full-time study, provided student enrolls in back-to-back terms.
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Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, with the increase in federal funding for autism services under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEiA, 2004), demand is expected to be high for trained professionals who can work with autistic children.Prospective students who may benefit from this program include:

  • Early childhood educators and support specialists
  • Special educators
  • Tutors
  • Development professions
  • Inclusion teachers
  • Childcare workers
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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.


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April 18, 2018

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May 16, 2018

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June 06, 2018

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July 05, 2018

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August 01, 2018

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August 22, 2018

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September 19, 2018

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October 17, 2018

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November 07, 2018

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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

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. Courses include:

  • 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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Program Requirements
  • Major Credits24
  • Total Credits24

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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*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.   

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

IDEA Regulations: Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team Meetings and Changes to the IEP, on the Internet at http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/,root,dynamic,TopicalBrief,9,.html