Comprehensive Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Pioneering innovation in supporting autistic individuals. 

One of the greatest challenges schools and caregivers face today is the sharp rise in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. At Mary Baldwin University, we recognize this pressing need. We’re dedicated to

providing educators and professionals in various human services fields with comprehensive training and experiences in the field of autism studies.

Why Study Autism Spectrum Disorder at Mary Baldwin?

Mary Baldwin’s comprehensive certificate in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is specifically designed to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively work with and support autistic individuals, both within educational settings and the wider community. Approved by the Virginia Autism Council, this certificate program is a testament to our commitment to excellence and innovation in the field.

By enrolling in our autism certificate program, you’ll be part of a pioneering initiative that aims to transform the lives of individuals with autism. Our program goes beyond traditional approaches and emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of the field, equipping you with the tools to make a meaningful difference in the lives of autistic individuals.

100% online, approved by the Virginia Autism Council

This certificate is available as: 

  • standalone certificate
  • part of an undergraduate Autism Studies & Applied Behavior Analysis major 
  • as part of a graduate master of education (MEd program)

Curriculum 

Through our curriculum, you’ll explore cutting-edge strategies and evidence-based practices, all backed by the latest research in the field. Our faculty, comprised of experienced professionals, will guide you in understanding the unique attributes of autism spectrum disorder, learning strategies, and constructive behavior supports. We place a strong emphasis on collaboration and encourage interdisciplinary approaches, recognizing that addressing the needs of autistic individuals requires a holistic and inclusive approach.

The course sequence is taken at the undergraduate or graduate level. 

Courses

  • ED 360/640: Characteristics and Assessment of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 cr.)
  • ED 361/641: Communication, Language and Sensory Aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 cr.)
  • ED 362/642: Social Skills Instruction and Behavioral Strategies for Students with ASD (3 cr.)
  • ED 363/643: Practicum Experience: Autism Spectrum Disorder (70 hours, 3 cr.)

Unique student support

The McCree Center for Life Success assists current students and alumni in finding the best opportunities throughout their career development. We work closely with both faculty and employers to identify how your valued education best matches the needs of today’s evolving marketplace.

The Advantages of Academic Certificates 

Enhance Your Knowledge and Skills

Academic certificates provide focused and structured learning. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge and develop practical skills in autism spectrum disorder. This specialized expertise can enhance your career prospects and improve your overall competency.

Advance Your Career:  

Academic certificates can open doors to new career opportunities or help you progress within your current profession. Employers often value candidates who demonstrate commitment and expertise by earning additional credentials. It can set you apart from other candidates and increase your chances of securing promotions or higher-level positions.

Gain Industry Relevance:

Academic certificates are designed to align with industry standards and emerging trends. By earning a certificate, you ensure that your knowledge and skills are up to date, making you more relevant and competitive in the job market. 

Network Your Way into Better Opportunities: 

Pursuing an academic certificate often involves interacting with fellow students, instructors, and professionals in the field. This provides opportunities to expand your professional network and establish valuable connections with individuals who share similar interests or work in related industries. Networking can lead to collaborations, mentorships, job referrals, and other professional opportunities.

Cost and Financial Aid 

A great education is worth it. Here’s how Mary Baldwin helps you pay for it: Generous financial aid packages, a broad range of scholarships, transferring maximum credit hours from previous coursework or relevant work and life experiences — the list goes on. Our mission is to help you level up and bring your aspirations to life.