Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

The certificate program is designed for individuals with a bachelor’s or master’s degree that are interested in focusing on a multi-intervention approach to instructing students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Graduates of this program will be able to more effectively address the following issues in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: (1) academic achievement and study skills commensurate with their cognitive strength; this will provide the widest range of options of college and career choices, (2) social skills for navigating all of the environments in which they live, work, and play, and (3) problem-solving strategies that enable them to respond flexibly and successfully to challenging situations.

Visit the program website for additional information.

Admission deadlines: Fall – Rolling admissions
Spring – Rolling admissions
Summer – Rolling admissions
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please follow this link: https://www.naces.org/members.htm.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.
Additional requirements: A resumé is required.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - https://graduate.admissions.gwu.edu/international-student-application-requirements - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
gsehdadm@gwu.edu ~ 202-994-9283 (phone) ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 15 credits in required courses.

Required
SPED 6240Family Support and Guidance in Special Education
SPED 6253Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 6260Developmental Assessment in Special Education
SPED 6261Practicum: Methods and Materials for Young Children with Disabilities (3 credits)
SPED 6290Affective Development and Behavior Management in Special Education