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Certificate of Graduate Studies in Autism

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August 19, 2024
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The Certificate of Graduate Studies in Autism is an online certificate of 12 credit hours that addresses the increasing demand for educators trained to work with autistic children entering the classroom. This coursework is ideal for anyone who is not a degree-seeking student and may also be pursued as part of the M.Ed. K-12 Special Education and Individualized programs.

  • Gain an overview of autism and how to identify and assess autism spectrum disorders.
  • Design and partially implement a behavioral and academic program as you learn methods of effectively teaching autistic students.
  • Complete a practicum project with an autistic student in which you will create an IEP and write a Present Level of Performance and Objectives.

This certificate may help advance your career in teaching and administration by equipping you as an expert in your field.

Note: this is a certificate and not an endorsement from the Virginia Department of Education.
Designed as an introduction to autism and will cover such topics as definition of autism spectrum disorders, language acquisition, behavior management, and autism and the law. This course is required for those students that intend to complete the autism certificate and who have not completed the K-12 Special Education master’s program.
Introduces participants to the history, characteristics, and theory associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders to enhance understanding of autism. Participants will receive an overview of autism as an educational disorder including basic information regarding diagnosis of the condition. Designed to expand on the introductory knowledge gained in the Regent K-12 Special Education Program, content will provide an overview of the seven evaluation areas emphasized in federal law (vision, hearing, health/motor, social/emotional/behavioral, verbal & non-verbal communication, cognitive and adaptive behavior, and academic/vocational). Functional assessment for programming and IEP writing will also be addressed. Prerequisite – completion of the Cross-Categorical Special Education master’s program, ETSP 600, or permission from Department Chair.
Explores the educational methods (including current research and best-practice) of students with autism. Strong emphasis will be placed on practical methods and strategies for teaching language/communication, reading, and appropriate behavior. Topics may include (but are not limited to): Sensory Integration, Applied Behavior Analysis, TEACH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Cognitive Behavioral Methods, etc. Participants will complete a practicum as part of this course. Prerequisite: completion of ETSP 610 or permission from Department Chair.
This applied project will require one to one contact with at least one autistic student. Academic and behavioral assessments will be completed and an analysis and report will be written on each assessment. These assessments will be used to write an IEP with emphasis on writing the PLOP (Present Level of Performance) and Objectives. A four week program (behavioral and academic) will then be designed and partially implemented. The program will include continuous assessment that is intended to guide instructional decisions.
In this exploding age of information, it is the objective of the library faculty to prepare graduates to be on the cutting edge of information technology. Information literacy is the ability to effectively access information for problem solving and decision-making; thus, the knowledge and abilities you glean from this course will open doors to lifelong learning. It is imperative for graduate study research. Since the information learned in this course is a vital foundation for all other coursework, its completion is required within the first semester of study. The course takes approximately ten hours to complete.

2023-24 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 11Monday, August 21

Application Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

Submit your unofficial transcripts to regent.edu/items.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES, AACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

Step 3: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to regent.edu/items.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

CertificateTuition Cost Per Credit HourTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Certificate
Certificate in the Law & Higher Education$2509$2,250
Certificate of Graduate Studies in Autism$25012$3,000
Certificate of Graduate Studies in Career Switcher$25024$6,000
Certificate of Graduate Studies in Christian Education$2509$2,250
Certificate of Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership$25012$3,000
Certificate of Graduate Studies in eLearning Design$25010$2,500
Certificate of Graduate Studies in Gifted & Talented Education for Teachers$25012-14$3,000-$3,500
Certificate of Graduate Studies in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)$25010$2,500
Certificate of Graduate Studies in TESOL – Adult Education-Collegiate$25015-18$3,750-$4,500
Certificate of Graduate Studies in TESOL – K-12$25015$3,750
Post-Master's Certificate in Advancing Leadership (CAL)$2509$2,250

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$700
Library Orientation$50 (one-time)

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*Rates are subject to change at any time.

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