Autism Spectrum Disorder, Graduate Certificate

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Graduate Certificate
12 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall
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Program Tabs


The Autism Spectrum Disorder graduate certificate is a 12-credit-hour graduate level non-licensure program that meets the Professional Content Standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); and, offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate-level education through the flexibility of online learning from UNC Charlotte faculty with expertise in ASD.  This program is designed for teachers and other related professionals who have a desire to acquire skills and expertise to address specific ASD needs.

The 12 graduate-level credit hours, completed through the online ASD Graduate Certificate program, can be applied toward the online M.Ed. in Special Education, with the permission of the Graduate Program Coordinator, for those meeting M.Ed. eligibility requirements. You must earn grades of “B” or above in each of the courses in the 12-hour program of study.

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education. 

The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder can be completed in 2 semester if enrolled full-time, and 4 semesters if enrolled part-time.

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Application Deadline: 

  • August 1 (fall)

Admissions & Requirements

  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  • All previous work beyond high school documenting an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all academic coursework beyond high school.
  • Statement of purpose indicating reasons for seeking the graduate certificate.
  • A clear criminal background check, which will be requested after application submission.

The Graduate Certificate Program in Autism Spectrum Disorder requires a 12-semester hour sequence of courses. ASD courses are offered during the fall and spring terms and are delivered 100% online.  A new course sequence begins each fall. Students must earn grades of “B” or above in each of the courses.

  • SPED 6115: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
  • SPED 5200: Concepts and Principles in Behavior Analysis (3)
  • SPED 6225: Behavior Analytic Intervention in Communication (3)
  • SPED 6335: Evidence-Based Practices for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)

*Rates are subject to change*


  • $288.82 per credit hour
  • $3,466.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour
  • $6,444.00 est. program cost


  • $1,098.21 per credit hour
  • $13,178.00 est. program cost