The certificate in autism will provide teachers and other school personnel with knowledge and skills necessary to work with students with autism and autism spectrum disorder. The overall objective of the program is to prepare classroom general and special educators and/or other school personnel to provide best practice, research based instructional and related services to this growing school population. Specifically, candidates who successfully complete the certificate will have a broad-based knowledge of the characteristics of students with autism and autism spectrum disorder, strategies for classroom instruction, skills in developing and implementing communication systems, and strategies for collaborating with and supporting families.
Applicants seeking admission must be graduate students or education professionals working in their respective fields. Professionals can enroll as non-degree seeking students. Admission is based on completion of the ECU certificate application and approval by the program coordinator.
The certificate program requires 12 s.h. of graduate-level course work with completion of the following courses: