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Autism Spectrum Disorders Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Department of Educational Psychology, 250 Educational Science Building, 56 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-6083; fax: 612-624-8241).
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The certificate program in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is designed to prepare teachers and related service personnel to design and deliver services to children and youth with ASD and their families. ASD are developmental disorders of neurobiological origin that can affect intellectual functioning, social abilities, and language and communication skills. This 12-credit program offers specialized training in methods of assessment, intervention, and treatment evaluation. This program offers professional development opportunities for autism resource specialists, public and private social service agency staff, personnel at public and private schools, treatment facility personnel, and psychology and education professionals.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.80.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
International students wishing to complete the certificate must be admitted to a degree program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Graduate applicants must have a minimum 2.80 GPA in an undergraduate degree and 3.00 in graduate coursework from accredited institutions.
Special Application Requirements:
All applicants must submit the following materials: - Two letters of recommendation on letterhead stationery from individuals who can address the applicant's abilities to work in a professional context with this population - Typed goal statement (no more than one page) - Completed application - Transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended or currently attending, except the University of Minnesota. For students not currently in a University of Minnesota program, transcripts must be received from the issuing school in a sealed and stamped envelope. - Foreign transcript evaluation (if applicable) from an accredited reviewer (ECS http://www.ece.org/ or WES http://www.wes.org/students/index.asp).
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
All coursework must be completed for the certificate. Students will have a maximum of four years to do so from the moment of admission. Students must maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA in certificate coursework to remain in the program.
Required Coursework
Students must complete the following coursework (12 credits).
EPSY 5616 - Classroom Management and Behavior Analytic Problem Solving (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5631 - Module 1: Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (1.0 cr)
EPSY 5632 - Module 2: Evidence-based Methods for AAC Assessment and Intervention (2.0 cr)
EPSY 5661 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5663 - Assessment and Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3.0 cr)
 
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EPSY 5616 - Classroom Management and Behavior Analytic Problem Solving
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Assumptions, principles, procedures of problem solving approach to analyzing behavior/programs for classroom management. Conducting observations, intervening, evaluating behavioral change.
EPSY 5631 - Module 1: Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Terms/concepts related to augmentative/alternative communication. Myths/facts regarding AAC.
EPSY 5632 - Module 2: Evidence-based Methods for AAC Assessment and Intervention
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Evidence-based tools to conduct augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) assessments. AAC intervention plans. Data-driven strategies to evaluate progress.
EPSY 5661 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Knowledge/skills needed to promote learning/success for school age children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Definition, etiology, and characteristics of ASD. Current research/issues. Collaborative problem solving, family-professional partnerships, educational programming.
EPSY 5663 - Assessment and Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Selection/use of range of procedures, including non-biased, specific assessments to screen/identify children with autism spectrum disorders. Specific intervention strategies designed to teach beginning communication/social skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). prereq: 5661, Special Ed grad or licensure student or instr consent