Arcadia's 12-credit certificate has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as an Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement Program. This credential can be earned by certified professionals who demonstrate knowledge in the area of teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and is added to existing teaching certifications upon PDE approval.
The coursework develops and enhances effective educational practices to support educators, school districts, and community-based organizations. Practicum hours in each course help students make connections between coursework content and interaction with children and youth with autism.
Students can attain the Autism Endorsement Certificate alone, or they can earn additional credits to complete a master’s degree, with school approval and confirmed admission into the selected program.
This certificate is offered fully online and in a hybrid format at the School of Continuing Studies in King of Prussia Campus.
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The following program-specific requirements must be met:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better.
An official transcript for each college or university attended.
A graduate admission application including personal statements, to be completed online.
Two letters of recommendation. The letters must be of a professional not personal nature. If the student has been out of school five years or fewer, the letters must come from a professor.
A background in education, psychology, communication disorders, or another related discipline is recommended.
Students can take a course before formal application and matriculation into the program, but they should apply for admission into the certificate program before taking a second course. Taking a course does not guarantee admission into the program.
The Graduate Certificate Program requires four (4) courses, for a total of 12 credits. All courses in this program include a 20-hour practicum, and students must present clearances before completing this requirement.
All courses are offered online and most courses are offered in a blended format at the King of Prussia Campus. Each course requires a 20-hour practicum.
ED 660 Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
ED 661 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) I
ED 662 Teaching Methods for Students with ASD
ED 663 Special Topics in Autism
Course Hour Analysis for Pennsylvania Behavior Specialist License. [LINK to course hour analysis PDF]
Credit toward a graduate degree in Education: The 12 credits earned in this certification can be applied towards masters programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, Special Education, or Counseling, with approval and advising from each individual program.
Students in Arcadia University Graduate Certificate programs are subject to the academic policies of the College of Graduate Studies. Grades of "B" or better in every class are required to qualify for the Certificate.
Transfer Credit: Transfer credit is not permitted in this program.
If I am not an educator, can I still apply for the Arcadia Graduate Certificate program?
Yes, as long as you have a bachelor’s degree, you can qualify for admission to the Arcadia Graduate Certificate program.
Can I enroll in a course if I do not have a bachelor’s degree?
No, the courses offered in this certificate require a bachelor’s degree.