CGS in Autism

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.

Delivery Format: Online

Total Credit Hours Required: 12

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Process - CGS in Autism

  1. Submit your online application. Please apply for Graduate level, then choose Online, Desired Program: Certificate of Graduate Studies in Education, Major: Autism Certificate. Indicate the term you want to begin the course and Part-time.

  2. Pay your $25 application fee during the application process.

  3. Bachelor's Transcript - We are excited to offer you the service of requesting transcripts on your behalf using our Transcript Request Form.

  4. Complete your admissions survey. In lieu of the previously required writing sample, please complete a brief admissions survey based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objects with our programs. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an enrollment counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

Tuition for the 2017 - 2018 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Certificate $200

Student Fees

Fee Amount
Library Orientation $50
Blackboard Orientation $50
Technology Fee $300 per term
Parking Fee (On-Campus Students) $100 per term
Council of Graduate Students Fee $15 for spring & fall terms

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees. 

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

Please note that this is a certificate and not an endorsement from the Virginia Department of Education.

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