Program Details

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

With the prevalence of autism increasing in recent years from 1 in 1000 to 1 in 88*, learning to work with children with autism spectrum disorders has become important to professionals in many fields, including:
Speech-language pathology
Psychology
Education
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy

Skills in working with children 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 created the first program in New York that has a cross-paradigm perspective where students learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the many different approaches that are available for children on the spectrum and learn with those from different fields and disciplines. Students can also learn about the latest in augmentative communication at the campus's assistive technology center.

The 15-credit ASD certificate is for students with either bachelor's or master's degrees. It can be completed in one year (fall, spring, and summer), and can be applied towards continuing education credits and salary increments in the Department of Education. Classes are scheduled in the 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, 2012

Program Heads

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Angus, Jeanne Program Head     jangus @ brooklyn.cuny.edu  
Longtin, Susan E Assistant Professor 718-951-5186 4400 Boylan Hall slongtin @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Call/Email for appointment

 

Admission Requirements

The program is no longer accepting new applications for Fall 2014 for the following reason: The program has closed applications for Fall 2014. Please apply for Fall 2015.

Department Education, Childhood, Bilingual And Special Education
Speech Communication Arts And Sciences
Fall Application Deadline June 1st
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, a one-page statement explaining your reasons for pursuing the program and what you wish to get out of the program.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 500, 173, 61
Examinations none

 

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Program description
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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.

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Matriculation requirements
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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 the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."
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Advanced certificate requirements (15 credits)
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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:

- Speech 7317X/CBSE 7685T: An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Speech 7319X/CBSE 7686T: Speech, Language, and Communication Development of Children on the Autistic Spectrum
- CBSE 7666T/Speech 7316X: Special Issues in Education: Classroom and School-wide Learning Environments
- CBSE 7677T/Speech 7320X: Curriculum Modifications for Teaching Students with Special Needs
- CBSE 7681T/Speech 7394X: Seminar and Student Teaching: Students with Special Needs.

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