Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate
The dramatic growth in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) during recent decades has resulted in an ever-increasing need for educators and other professionals prepared to support the growth, development, and learning of individuals on the autism spectrum. The graduate ASD Certificate program at Bowling Green State University addresses this need by equipping teachers, parents, and related-services professionals with the knowledge and skills to meet the educational and psychosocial needs of individuals with ASD.
Recognizing that coordinated, interdisciplinary collaboration is needed for effective service delivery, the online ASD Certificate program offers convenient professional development opportunities for special educators, general educators, school psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, rehabilitation counselors, medical personnel, and educational consultants.
- The ASD Certificate curriculum was developed in partnership with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)—a leading source of autism training and resources for families and professionals. The program’s emphasis on providing field experiences with individuals across the autism spectrum and across the lifespan complements its curricular focus on translating evidence-based research into practice.
The five ASD Certificate courses are completed in sequential order, one course per semester, with the first course in the sequence beginning Fall Semester. An introductory course in special education (EDIS 5310 or its equivalent) is required prior to enrollment in program coursework.
ASD Certificate Courses (15 credit hours)
- EDIS 6440 Nature and Characteristics of Students with ASD
- EDIS 6480 Assessment, Methods, and Materials for Students with ASD
- EDIS 6460 Social, Sensory, and Communication Issues for Students with ASD
- EDIS 6540 Behavior Support and Intervention for Students with ASD
- EDIS 6690 ASD Practicum
EDIS 6440 Nature and Characteristics of Students with ASD
Overview of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) including: definitions, history, etiology, prevalence, legal issues, characteristics and needs, interventions and programs, and issues and trends. This course will address lifespan issues for individuals with ASD as well as life span concerns for families and professionals dealing with ASD.
EDIS 6480 Assessment, Methods, and Materials for Students with ASD
This course is designed to develop competencies for assessing individuals with ASD, identifying educational needs, designing and implementing educational programs, and using effective methods and materials for instructing individuals with ASD.
EDIS 6460 Social, Sensory, and Communication Issues for Students with ASD
Social, sensory, and communication are deficit areas for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This course will compare and contrast neuro-typical social, sensory, and communication development with the delayed and disordered social, sensory, and communication development of individuals with ASD. This course will address lifespan issues for individuals with ASD.
EDIS 6540 Behavior Support and Intervention for Students with ASD
This course will assist students in understanding why behaviors occur in individuals on the autism spectrum and assist them with designing effective behavior interventions and supports, using an applied behavior analysis and positive behavior supports framework.
EDIS 6690 ASD Practicum
This course provides students with opportunities to practice skills and demonstrate knowledge acquired in content-based courses. The practicum provides experiences with individuals on the autism spectrum, with varying ages and ability levels and from diverse social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. The practicum will take place in field settings such as public schools, non-profit organizations, colleges or universities, and/or community-based programs.
- 1. Will I need to go to campus to complete the program? No. All courses are offered 100% online.2. Does this program lead to teaching certification or a master’s degree?No. The courses in the ASD Certificate program are not in themselves sufficient to earn a teaching certification or master’s degree. However, the five ASD courses (15 credit hours) can be counted toward completion of the M.Ed. in Special Education with Autism Specialization program (34 credit hours).3. What is the cost of the program?Information about the cost of the program is available on the BGSU Bursar website. View the Tuition & Fees Brochure. Students in the ASD Certificate program are charged tuition and fees listed in the “Distance Learning - Graduate” category.4. Is financial aid available for this program?
Yes. Students who register for a minimum of 4 credit hours can receive federal financial aid (i.e., direct loans). Interested students should complete the FAFSA as well as the Financial Aid Application available on BGSU Student Financial Aid (SFA) website. Please contact SFA with questions regarding financial aid eligibility.
Information regarding average time to program completion, estimated program costs, and median loan debt is available by clicking the Gainful Employment hyperlink on the Certificate Programs Eligible for Federal (Title IV) Financial Aid webpage.
- To be accepted into this program, applicants must have Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.7 or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (when graduate semester hours are 9 or greater). Step 2: Request Transcripts
Start the Application: http://choose.bgsu.edu/apply/online/?graduate
*On the application, select Area of Study: Autism Spectrum Disorders (Cert) (Online Program). A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.Step 3: Submit a Letter of Intent and Program Information Sheet
Request two (2) official copies of transcripts from every college or university you have attended and have transcripts sent directly to BGSU Graduate Admissions. (Official transcripts from BGSU do not need to be requested.)
TOEFL scores are also required from applicants whose native language is not English.
Transcripts and test score reports are to be sent to:
Office of Admissions
ATTN: Graduate Admissions
110 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0083Step 4: Forward Three (3) Reference Forms/Letters
Prepare a 2-3 page, double-spaced letter that addresses the following points: (a) your motivation for pursuing graduate study in your chosen field, (b) what you hope to gain through graduate study, (c) your career aspirations following completion of the program, and (d) your personal qualities that relate to success as a graduate student. Also download and complete the Program Information Sheet (PDF).
Send the letter and Program Information Sheet to the School of Intervention Services (SIS) Cohort Coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit an SIS Reference Form (PDF) from a recent instructor, employer, or other individual qualified to evaluate your potential for success as a graduate student and as an autism professional. A letter of recommendation may be sent in place of, or in addition to, the SIS Reference Form.
The reference form/letter should be emailed, faxed, or mailed to SIS Cohort Admissions:
Fax: (419) 372-8265 [ATTN: SIS Cohort Admissions]
School of Intervention Services
ATTN: Cohort Admissions
451 Education Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403