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Autism Certificate: <br>Teaching Certificate Requirement

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The ASD Certificate is an 18- to 24-month, part-time program designed for individuals who currently have or are eligible to receive a teaching certificate in Michigan, and who wish to receive state certification to teach individuals on the autism spectrum. All credits may be applied to the M.Ed. in Special Education, which can be earned with as few as 17 additional credits (approximately 4 courses), depending on prior credentials.  The program is currently offered at several on-ground locations including Macomb, Oakland University's main campus, as well as online.

In addition, for those with a prior endorsement in special education, this certificate may also be completed through ACE, Autism Collaborative Endorsement (Online). Please refer to the path to the ACE endorsement site and the Human Development & Child Studies department for more information.

If you are not a teacher and are not intending to pursue teacher certification but wish to learn about our Certificate in Autism - Multidisciplinary Perspectives for application in your non-teaching career, check out this program: Option C.

Plan of Study
  • View Option A: This option requires an individual to hold a prior special education endorsement in Michigan
  • View Option B: This option is for general education teachers and only requires an individual to have a valid MI teaching certificate
Practicum/Student Teaching   |   Download Practicum Information
In partial fulfillment of the requirements to earn this credential, the Michigan Department of Education requires that candidates complete a minimum of 180 clock hours in a supervised practicum experience teaching students with autism spectrum disorders.  The practicum is offered as the final experience required for K-12 certification in ASD.  The specific nature of the experience will be individually determined at the time of approval of the practicum request.  




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  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Hold (or be eligible for) a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate (elementary or secondary certification)
  • Demonstrate potential for success in the program


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To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the published application deadlines.

Download an application packet. Read through the application packet carefully and submit all other required application paperwork to the designated areas. 

Complete the free online graduate application by clicking on the button below:

Application Type: Grad –  Graduate Certificate 

Planned Course of Study: 
             Online and/or Hybrid Program:  Grad Cert in Autism Spectrum Disorder (50-100% Online)
             Lecture-Only Program:  Grad Cert in Autism Spectrum Disorder


**Our Graduate Certificate in ASD meets the MDE requirements for the teaching endorsement, and our Graduate Certificate in ASD is financial aid eligible.  

If you have any other questions, please contact one of the following coordinators:

All Off-Campus & Online Locations (other than Macomb)
Susan Martino, Director of Program Development
(248) 370-4415   |   (248) 370-4242 fax
martino@oakland.edu

Macomb County Location
Daniel Arnold, Site Program Coordinator
(586) 226-8462 phone  |   (586) 226-8463 fax
arnold23@oakland.edu 



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