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Autism Spectrum Disorders (School-Based), Postgraduate Certificate

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This Autism Spectrum Disorders (School-Based) from Northern Arizona University is appropriate if you desire specialized training in autism spectrum disorders for school-based populations.


Graduate Certificate program in Autism Spectrum Disorders (School-Based) from Northern Arizona University 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 this Autism Spectrum Disorders (School-Based) from Northern Arizona University, 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.  

The 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.


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).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Introduction to Positive Behavior Support
  • Methods in Special Education: Low Incidence/Severe Profound Disabilities
  • Fieldwork Experience
  • Advanced Methods and Assessment in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    15 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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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).

  • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. 
  • 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.
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  • International applicants have additional admission requirements.

Tuition Fee

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    22882 USD/year
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  • In-State

    9796 USD/year
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Living costs for Flagstaff

  • 1010 - 1500 USD/month
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