Autism Spectrum Disorder, Graduate Certificate

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Graduate Certificate
12 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall
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Empower Your Career with Specialized ASD Skills

The UNC Charlotte Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder is meticulously designed for educators and professionals eager to enhance their expertise in supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Offered through the prestigious UNC Charlotte, this program aligns with the highest standards and prepares you for real-world challenges.

Program Highlights:

  • Fully Online Curriculum: Engage in a flexible learning environment that fits your busy schedule.
  • Aligned with Excellence: Meets the Professional Content Standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
  • Expert Faculty: Learn from UNC Charlotte faculty renowned for their expertise in ASD.
  • Flexible Schedule: Ideal for working professionals seeking to advance their education without pausing their careers.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive Learning: A 12-credit-hour program focusing on the acquisition of specialized skills and knowledge in ASD.
  • Advance Your Education: Credits can be applied towards an online M.Ed. in Special Education, with Graduate Program Coordinator approval.
  • High Academic Standards: A minimum grade of “B” is required in each course to ensure quality learning outcomes.
  • Designed for Professionals: Tailored for teachers, educators, and related professionals aiming to enhance their ASD support skills.

Program Structure:

  • Duration: Complete in as little as 2 semesters (full-time) or spread over 4 semesters (part-time).
  • 100% Online: Offers unparalleled flexibility for professionals to continue their education remotely.
  • Credit Transfer Options: Eligible credits can advance your journey towards an M.Ed. in Special Education.

Why Choose This Program?

The UNC Charlotte Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder is your pathway to becoming a key contributor in the field of special education. With its flexible online format, expert-led curriculum, and alignment with professional standards, it provides a robust foundation for those committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals with ASD.

Our graduates go on to work for educational institutions and agencies such as:

  • Wake County Public Schools
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • National Speech Language Therapy Center
  • Thompson Child & Family Focus

Our alumni from this program hold job titles such as:

  • Special Education or Exceptional Children Teachers
  • Child and Family Specialists
  • Outpatient Therapists
  • Behavior Intervention Specialists

Enhance Your Earning Potential

Lightcast, a global leader in labor market analytics research, collects job and salary data from UNC Charlotte graduates. Lightcast surveyed graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder program and found their average annual estimated wage to be $60,600.

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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

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour


  • $1,098.21 per credit hour

Find more information regarding tuition and fees here ».