Advanced certificate program in autism spectrum disorders
HEGIS code 0808
NYS SED program code 31638

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With the prevalence of autism increasing in recent years from 1 in 1000 to 1 in 54*, learning to work with children with autism spectrum disorders has become important to professionals in many fields, including:
Speech-language pathology
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy

Skills in working with individuals on the spectrum are critical not only to people already in these fields, but also to those seeking to enter these fields.

The Brooklyn College advanced certificate program in Autism Spectrum Disorders was the first program in New York that has a cross-paradigm perspective to working with individuals on the spectrum. Students enrolled in the program learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches that are available for individuals on the spectrum and learn with those from different fields and disciplines.

Students with either bachelor's or master's degrees can apply to the 15-credit ASD certificate. The program can be completed in one year (with a fall, spring, and summer sequence), and can be applied towards continuing education credits and salary increments in the Department of Education. Classes are scheduled in the early evening for the convenience of working professionals.

The coursework and practicum opportunities will reflect a range of approaches available for children on the autistic spectrum, including applied behavioral analysis, both discrete trials and natural learning paradigms, and developmental social-pragmatic approaches. Students will participate in lecture, discussion, observation, and practice, incorporating a range of philosophical, educational, and clinical paradigms. Students from varying disciplines, including education, speech-language pathology, school psychology, and occupational and physical therapy will have the opportunity to train and work collaboratively with future colleagues.

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021

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Admission Requirements

Department Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education
Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders
Fall Application Deadline August 15th
Spring Application Deadline January 17th
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.'

2. Two letters of recommendation

3. A one-page statement explaining your reasons for pursuing the program and what you wish to get out of the program.


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to instructions at .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


Program description

Provides interdisciplinary foundational and advanced knowledge in the area of autism spectrum disorders incorporating a range of philosophical, educational, and clinical paradigms, including applied behavioral analysis, discrete trials and natural learning paradigms, and developmental social-pragmatic approaches.

Matriculation requirements

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in special education, speech-language pathology, or a related field. Applicants must present coursework in language acquisition and child development. Additional coursework may be required to meet any matriculation deficiency.

An applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the undergraduate major, and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.

General matriculation and admission requirements of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."
Advanced certificate requirements (15 credits)
Fifteen credits of coursework completed with a grade point average of B or better are required for the advanced certificate. No more than one course with a grade below B may be offered toward the completion of the certificate requirements. Students must complete all of the following courses:
- CASD 7317X/CBSE 7685T: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
- CASD 7319X/CBSE 7686T: Speech, Language, and Communication in Individuals on the Autistic Spectrum
- CBSE 7666T/CASD 7316X: Special Issues in Education: Classroom and School-wide Learning Environments
- CBSE 7691T/CASD 7320X: Classroom Organization, Management, and Curriculum Modifications for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- CBSE 7682T/CASD 7394: Seminar in Teaching Students on Autism Spectrum Disorders