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Since 1985, Oakland University has consistently played a leadership role in the area of Special Education. Each year, the Department continues to enhance its master's-level and graduate certificate programs to ensure the best preparation of professionals in the areas of autism spectrum disorders. The commitment to effective teaching, leadership, and research makes Oakland University the place to begin or further special education careers.

The Master of Education in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder prepares teachers for careers in support of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Multiple Disciplines was created for individuals who wish to increase their knowledge of ASD but who do not have (and are not seeking) a state-approved teaching credential. It is designed to meet the increasing need for individuals working in the field other than teaching (counselors, occupational therapists, social workers, and others).

The Master of Education in Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis and the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate prepare students for careers as behavior analysts. Our program is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and fulfills course requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential. Candidates must also complete a required practicum, have a master’s degree in Education, Psychology, or Behavior and pass the Board’s national exam to earn certification.

Additional information
Erica Ruegg, Associate Professor
(248) 370-2894
[email protected]

Diana Karditsas, Program Liaison
(248) 370-4415
[email protected]

The Center for Autism offers clinical training and supervisory experience to graduate students in education and related disciplines with the goal of preparing future professionals to provide direct service to children, adolescents, and adults with ASD.

  • Practicum placements of six to eight weeks are offered to graduate students in special education under the supervision of a state certified teacher, with endorsement in autism spectrum disorder.
  • We offer fieldwork placements to those who seek to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).

The Center for Autism helps schools and agencies provide evidence-based programs for students and individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Our experienced faculty provide workshops to meet the specific needs of teachers, administrators, school-based staff, and community providers. Workshops can be tailored for those with beginning, through advanced, levels of knowledge and experience. Topics include:

  • Understanding ASD and impact on school behavior
  • Preventing and managing challenging behaviors
  • Strategies for inclusion of students with ASD
  • What is applied behavior analysis?
  • How to collect data and monitor progress for impact
  • Social skills goals development and implementation

Center for Autism

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3067