Autism Spectrum Disorders (School-Based), Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition Fee
    1055 USD/module
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #401 (WUR) Online
This certificate plan is appropriate if you desire specialized training in autism spectrum disorders for school-based populations


What Can I Do with a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (School-Based)?

This certificate plan is appropriate if you desire specialized training in autism spectrum disorders for school-based populations. This graduate certificate through Northern Arizona University prepares candidates to work with parents, teachers, direct care staff or others who support children with ASD. After successfully completing these courses, you will receive an NAU graduate certificate in the area of autism. Successful graduates are qualified to be an Autism Specialist or Autism Support Professional (ASP).

Graduate Certificate program in Autism Spectrum Disorders prepares students to provide leadership to school and/or agency teams in order to meet the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the school setting. As the number of autism diagnoses continues to climb, the demand for professionals with the knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders and the ability to adapt teaching and learning environments to support these students has become a strong need in the educational professions. In our program, teachers and leaders of elementary and secondary institutions learn how to plan and develop meaningful instruction and assessment by using evidence-based instructional strategies that support these students in their classroom and social environments. Our students also learn how to remain on top of their field, using the most current research to adapt their teaching and leadership practices for students having Autism Spectrum Disorders.


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Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Introduction To Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Introduction To Positive Behavior Support
  • Advanced Methods in Special Education: Moderate to Severe Disabilities
  • Fieldwork Experience
  • Advanced Methods and Assessment in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    15 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Admission Requirements:
  • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
  • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
  • Transcripts

Individual program admission requirements include:

  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Prerequisites (may be completed concurrently with the program)
  • Introduction to Special Education or Foundations of Special Education in Low Incidence Disabilities
  • Responses to specific essay questions
  • Prior experience in the field
  • IVP Fingerprint clearance card

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1055 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1055 USD per module and a duration of 12 months.

Tuition fee per 1 credit.

Living costs for Flagstaff

1,010 - 1,500 USD/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships available for international students at Northern Arizona University:

  • New International Student Presidential Scholarship
  • Continuing International Student Presidential Scholarship
  • Vice Provost for International Education Service Award
  • Indonesian Student Scholarship
  • International Baccalaureate Scholarship
  • Khursheed Fatima Scholarship
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.