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You know students with autism benefit from teachers who are committed to helping them thrive. That’s why you are drawn to this 100% online graduate certificate in autism education from the University of Missouri (Mizzou). As one of several top-ranked online graduate programs from Mizzou’s College of Education & Human Development, this program is ideal for current educators who want to develop specific skills for working with autistic students.
You’ll gain essential skills and strategies for reaching students in a variety of contexts. First, you'll develop your foundation in autism with three core courses, then you will choose an elective course in an area of specific interest. You can apply your learning immediately to your classroom. Although this graduate program is not designed for those seeking teacher certification, the credits you earn can count toward a future master’s degree from Mizzou. Regardless, upon earning this graduate certificate, you’ll be equipped with knowledge that helps all of your students succeed.
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Mizzou’s online graduate education programs ranked among the nation’s finest in two U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs 2023 categories.
Official nameGraduate certificate in autism education
Program typeGraduate certificate
Academic homeCollege of Education & Human Development | Department of Special Education
Delivery mode100% online
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
Job titles include:
- Special education teacher
- Speech pathologist
- Occupational therapist
- Autism specialist
Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required.
Courses are cohort-based. Most students study part time, taking one to two classes per semester, and complete the course work in just one to two years.
Course work includes
- Introduction to autism
- Autism without co-occurring intellectual disability
- Social competency for students with autism
- Electives in instructional methods for autism, autism assessment and teaching young children with autism
Typical program length1-2 years
Typical course load1-2 classes per semester
University of Missouri-Columbia is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
Jena Randolph has a faculty appointment at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment and serves as a co-principal investigator for the Training Experts in Autism for Missouri (TEAM) program, which provides autism training and support to applied behavior analysts, educators, health service providers and community care professionals throughout the state. Dr. Randolph has extensive experience with individuals with autism throughout the lifespan across home, clinical and school settings. Her background includes a focus on neurodiversity, collaborative and coordinated care, and emergent communication development.
Rebecca McCatheren was a practitioner for 20 years, working with children in diverse settings including residential treatment and respite care programs. Dr. McCatheren taught children with disabilities and those with multiple risk factors in diverse inner-city settings. Her desire to prepare educators for similar work led her to seek her doctorate in special education at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include early language and communication and social and emotional development in young children. She has received five Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) personnel preparation grants since joining Mizzou in 1999.