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  • Graduate Certificate in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Graduate Studies

  • Graduate Certificate in Special Education; Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    Special Education Department
    Chair: Camille Brandt

    Lommen 216F, (218) 477-2558

    Program Description

    This graduate certificate will allow students to study the educational needs of learners with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The graduate certificate will introduce students to the characteristics of ASD, the assessment needs of students with ASD, the social and communication profiles and educational needs of these learners, the unique behavioral characteristics of this population, and will teach educational strategies which benefit learners with an ASD disorder. This program will be available to graduate students and will offer those who wish to possess advanced knowledge in this disorder the opportunity to increase their understanding of the disorder as well as the available current research on educational needs and interventions which have data to support their implementation. Completion of this graduate certificate does not lead to a teaching certificate or endorsement. This is an online graduate certificate program.

    Admission Requirements

    The items listed below are required for admission to this program; only complete files are reviewed. Send all materials to:
    Graduate Studies Office
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7th Ave. S.
    Moorhead, MN 56563

    1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    2. GPA of 2.75, or at least 3.25 for the last 30 semester credits of graded course work.
    3. Completed “Application for Admission to Graduate Study” form indicating Graduate Special under "Program Admission Requested".
    4. Undergraduate and other transcripts sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Studies Office.
    5. Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead.

    Certificate Requirements (15 credits)

    SpEd 531 Survey of Autism Spectrum Disorder* (2)
    SpEd 532 Identification and Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders** (3)
    SpEd 534 Instructional Strategies for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
    SpEd 535 Asperger’s Disorder: Instructional Strategies (2)
    SpEd 536 Communication Strategies and Social Skills for Students with ASD (2)
    SpEd 606 Research and Application in Behavior Analysis (3)

    *SpEd 531 is a prerequisite for all other courses in the certificate
    **SpEd 532 requires prior approved assessment coursework and instructor consent

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