Autism Graduate Certificate Program
The coursework for a Certificate in Autism is available both as a stand-alone certificate or an area of emphasis with the Master of Education in Special Education. Either way, the classes are completely online.
Graduate certificates are intended to meet the supplemental post-baccalaureate education needs of professionals. A graduate certificate program is a set of courses that provides in-depth knowledge in a subject matter. The set of courses provides a coherent knowledge base.
- 15 credit hours
- Coursework is completed online
- Prerequisite: bachelor's degree
- Completion time varies. Students may take up to three classes each semester and two each summer session, making completion time vary by individual.
- Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year.
- Coursework can be paired with a Master of Education in Special Education
Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment.
1. Complete the ApplyTexas application.
- When asked to select your major, you will choose "Grad Certificate - Autism".
- $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).
2. Complete additional application as outlined by the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
- Applicants must have unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School. If you are admitted, you will then be required to submit official transcripts.
- All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency before their applications can be considered for admission. This test is waived only for graduates of U.S. universities or universities in English proficiency-exempt countries. Applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years at a college or university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country, are also exempt from the English proficiency requirement.
3. Check the Applications tab in your Raiderlink for notification of a change in your admissions status.
- Upon your acceptance into the Graduate School and the College of Education, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. If you receive a letter of rejection, you may contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research for advisement regarding the admissions appeals process.
Interested in taking only one or two courses? Use Texas Tech University's Graduate Temporary Status to apply and take as many as 12 credit hours without completing the application process to a degree program.
Certificate programs can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master's program. All coursework is offered online.
Required Courses (15 credit hours)
- EDSP 5303 ABA I: Applied Behavioral Analysis in Special Education
- EDSP 5306 Instructional Strategies for Teaching Low Incidence Disabilities
- EDSP 5320 Characteristics of Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
- EDSP 5345 ABA II: Data Collection Methods and Single Subject Designs
- EDSP 5344 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
For a Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Autism, 21 additional credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive evaluation or thesis will be required.
Career Opportunities With This Degree
Allows students to specialize in the area of autism while developing additional skills in working with children with autism spectrum disorders.
Scholarships and assistantships for doctoral students are available through the office of graduate education and research in the College of Education.
No hard deadline. Rolling Admission
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