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Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate

College of Education and Human Service Professions
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Summer 2017. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 12
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate
This program is designed for special education teachers, prospective teachers, paraprofessional, and other related professional who work with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The three course online series offers the opportunity to expand knowledge and expertise in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Participants in the 12 credit certificate will learn research based best practices in the field of ASD, consistent with Minnesota Department of Education competencies. The certificate is designed to be completed in three semesters and must be taken in the order listed. Students must begin coursework in the summer semester.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 60 credits before admission to the program.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 semester credits must be earned through UMD, and 15 of the last 30 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. For certificate programs, at least 3 upper-division credits that satisfy requirements for the certificate must be taken through UMD. If the program does not require upper division credits students must take at least one course from the certificate program from UMD.
  8. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  9. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Required Courses
SPED 4250 - Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders (3.0 cr)
SPED 4270 - Methods for Teaching Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (4.0 cr)
SPED 4260 - Language and Social Skills for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3.0 cr)
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SPED 4250 - Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: SpEd 4250/5250
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Includes history, definitions, assessment, characteristics, legal aspects, varying perspectives, and etiology of the Autism Spectrum Disorders. prereq: No Grad cr
SPED 4270 - Methods for Teaching Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: SpEd 4270/5270
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
In-depth assessment, environmental factors, curricular options, instructional strategies, behavioral programming, material for teaching, sensory integration strategies, IEP/IIIP development and implementation, and technology on the continuum of placements for children and youth with ASD. prereq: 4250 or 5250 or instructor consent, no grad credit
SPED 4260 - Language and Social Skills for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: SpEd 4260/5260
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Specialized instruction in the foundation of language development, social stories, augmented and alternative communication systems, theory of mind, social skill development and play. prereq: 4250 or 5250 and 4270 or 5270; no grad credit