Certificate in the Autism Spectrum

This graduate-level certificate offers a specialized program of study for professionals seeking to gain expertise in supporting the unique needs of learners on the autism spectrum in diverse settings. Through participation in coursework that includes embedded field experiences, candidates will acquire applied knowledge of current theory, research, and practice to guide them in working with individuals on the autism spectrum from early childhood to adulthood. The certificate is designed for current graduate students or post-graduate professionals from a variety of disciplines. Candidates may include educators, therapists, advocates, family members, adults who identify on the autism spectrum, and others from a variety of fields and backgrounds.

Admission to the Program

To be admitted to the Autism Spectrum Graduate Certificate, students must meet the same standards as candidates for a master’s degree program in Special Education or provide evidence of advanced graduate training (master’s or higher degree) in special education or a related field.

To apply, prospective students submit applications to the Department of Special Education following admission requirements, including a minimum 3.0 GPA, two professional letters of reference, official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, current résumé, statement of purpose documenting interest in the program, and interview with faculty. Students currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in Special Education or a related field at SFSU may apply by submitting a Certificate Approved Program form to the Department of Special Education.

Completion of the Program

The student must maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA to continue in and complete the program.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Students must meet the Written English proficiency requirement by demonstrating competence through a written examination during the first semester of enrollment and the completion of a written paper.

Autism Spectrum Graduate Certificate — 12 units

Course Requirements

SPED 791Nature of the Autism Spectrum3
SPED 825Communication, Behavior and Instructional Supports: Autism3
SPED 794Socialization and Imagination: Autism3
Elective (upon advisement)3