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Why ODU for an education certificate?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects 1 out of 88 children. This autism certification program prepares teachers and service providers to work with and support students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

You may complete this coursework as a certificate. You may also integrate it into a master’s degree in Special Education.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Required Courses

  • 12 credit hours

This autism spectrum disorders certificate program consists of four graduate level courses. You will be required to purchase a membership to LiveText—a web-based portfolio assessment system—to complete the main coursework in this certificate.

Online Learning Environment

Participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Autism Spectrum Disorders

A certificate in autism spectrum disorders can benefit your educational or treatment career in positions such as:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Psycho-educational Diagnostician
  • Child or Youth Advocate
  • Child Study Team Member
  • Curriculum or Subject Area Supervisor
  • Educational or Occupational and Physical Therapist
  • Audiology and Speech Pathologist


Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$551 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Fall 2020 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

To take courses for this certificate, you must be admitted to ODU as a non-degree or degree seeking graduate student. Additionally, you must complete a separate application to the Darden College of Education. Visit the department's website for more information regarding admission and course work. 

For more information on becoming a teacher, please contact the Office of Clinical Experiences at 757-683-3348 or visit online.

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.