In addition to the Masters of Science in Special Education K-12, UCM also offers a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This certificate is available totally online and consists of a series of six 3-credit hour courses. Because the State of Missouri does not issue a teaching certificate in the area of Autism, the certificate does not lead to any additional teaching licenses. However, those individuals who possess such advanced training are in great demand by school districts in Missouri and elsewhere. The Student Learning Outcomes for this certificate are taken from the Council for Exceptional Children’s Advanced Standards for Special Educators (2012) and include:
- Acquire and demonstrate the use of valid and reliable assessment practices to minimize bias in the evaluation of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- Apply knowledge of general and specialized curricula to improve programs, supports, and services at classroom, school, community, and system levels, thus enhancing the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- Facilitate the continuous improvement of general and special education programs, supports, and services at the classroom, school, and system levels for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- Conduct, evaluate, and use inquiry to guide professional practice with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- Acquire and continually develop leadership abilities to formulate goals, set and meet high professional expectations, advocate for effective policies and evidence-based practices and create positive and productive work environments.
- Enhance one’s knowledge of the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders and professional Ethical Principles and Practice Standards to inform special education practice and perform leadership responsibilities to promote the success of professional colleagues and individuals with exceptionalities.
- Collaborate with stakeholders to improve programs, services, and outcomes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.
To be accepted into the program, a student must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (based on 4.0). Students may have an undergraduate degree in any area or senior-level status toward completion of
an undergraduate degree in education or a related field.
Note: The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders does not include certification to teach in a K-12 setting. A certificate is an award of completion. If you do not have certification to teach but wish to do so then contact the certification office to determine what additional course work would be required. Additionally, courses taken to earn the Graduate Certificate in ASD may be applied to complete the MSE in K-12 Special Education degree.