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Add a basic autism endorsement to your Michigan teaching certificate and elevate your career in autism teaching and education.

Basic Graduate Autism Specialist Certification: The Oakland University Advantage

With autism diagnoses rising, there is increased urgency to find highly skilled special education teachers — especially those with a certification in autism. Oakland University’s autism certification online program prepares you for a career in autism education to help fill a large gap in the educational needs of the ASD population.

Our autism certification online program will enable you to:

  • Set your own pace with our online program. Studying when and where you choose allows you to fit the certification in autism program into your busy schedule. Our flexible online autism specialist certification allows you to continue working while you earn the ASD credential.
  • Gain real-world ASD teaching experience through our field experience program. Oakland University’s autism spectrum disorder certificate combines online coursework with in-person experience in a community setting. The program includes a minimum of 180 clock hours teaching students on the autism spectrum, offering you a distinct advantage in your career in autism education.
  • Learn from a recognized autism education leader. Oakland University has been a leader in autism education for more than 30 years. We have carefully designed our online autism certificate program to provide a valuable mix of classroom instruction and real-world experience. Our autism certification online program can be completed in 12 to 24 months.
  • Earn your ASD endorsement to boost your career in autism education. Our autism specialist certification program meets the criteria for earning your ASD endorsement through the Michigan Online Education Certification System (MOECS). The endorsement certifies you as an ASD educator, positioning you to achieve your career goals.
  • Develop deeper insights through real clinical and outreach offerings. Oakland’s autism specialist certification program is supported by our on-campus Center for Autism, which improves the lives of people impacted by ASDs. OUCARES offers extensive outreach programs for families affected by ASDs. Our Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Autism Clinic is dedicated to the treatment and research of ASDs.

What Can You Do With a Basic Graduate Certification in Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Educators with an autism specialist certification are in high demand, and this trend is likely to continue to increase. Earning your certification in autism education prepares you to land your ideal job in any of a number of career areas, such as:

  • Special education teacher
  • School administrator
  • Autism education researcher
  • Private autism instructor
  • Professional autism activist
  • College instructor

Top Courses for Students in the Basic Graduate Certification in Autism Spectrum Disorder Program

The basic certification in autism program (28 credits) is for teachers who do not have a prior special education endorsement. The average time to complete the autism certification online program is 12 to 24 months. Your coursework will focus on a wide range of ASD education topics and strategies. Online autism certificate classes include:

  • Educational Procedures for Students with ASD
  • Communication and Language Issues in ASD
  • Behavioral and Social Issues in Students with ASD
  • Collaboration and Consultation: ASD

Basic Graduate Certification in Autism Spectrum Disorder Program Resources

Programs Related to the Basic Graduate Certification in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Not sure if the Basic Graduate Certification in Autism is right for you? Check out these other programs at Oakland, and contact our admissions team to discuss your options: