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Autism Studies

The Certificate of Autism Studies is designed to prepare personnel to educate and support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which includes autism, Asperger syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders. The program consists of 12 semester hours of courses covering the Skill Competencies for Professionals and Paraprofessionals as outlined by Virginia’s Autism Council. There is no licensure in the area of ASD endorsed by the Department of Education in Virginia. This certificate is intended for educators, human services personnel, and family members who work with individuals who are on the autism spectrum. The certificate is based on empirically based research and best practices.


12 credit hours in special education

  • EDSP 500: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
  • EDSP 501: Approaches for Supporting and Teaching Individuals with ASD (3 credits)
  • EDSP 502: Expanding Social Competence for Students with Autism Disorders (3 credits)
  • EDSP 670*: Proactive Classroom Management and Advanced Positive Behavior Support (3 credits)  *Students who have already taken EDSP 670, may consider EDSP 667: Communication and Severe Disabilities, or other course, as approved by the advisor, as a substitute.