Post Baccalaureate Certificate: Teaching Students with Autism

The University of Mary Washington offers opportunities intended to enhance the effectiveness of licensed teachers and other professionals working with students with autism. The Certificate in Teaching Students with Autism, requires the completion of four graduate courses designed to assist licensed teachers in meeting the needs of students with autism.

Admissions Requirements
1. Submit a completed application for admission;
2. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;
3. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;
4. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;
5. An essay detailing the applicant’s career plans upon completion of the Autism certificate;

Program Course Sequence

Required Graduate Courses:

  • EDSE 533 Positive Approaches to Behavior Management (3 credits)
  • EDSE 537 Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
  • EDSE 538 Methods for Teaching and Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
  • INDT 531 Emerging and Assistive Technologies (3 credits)

Note: The certificate program meets Virginia Autism Council Competencies and Council for Exceptional Children Standards, where appropriate. The program does not lead to licensure by the Virginia Department of Education.

Documents, Deadlines & Policies

Graduate Admissions

Checksheet: Autism

Program Policies: Graduate Program Catalog

Questions about the program, contact:

Dr. April Brecht
Director of Advising Center Services
Phone: (540) 286-8032
Email: abrecht@umw.edu

Dr. Jane Huffman
Program Director of Advanced, Non-Degree Programs, and Special Education
Phone: (540) 286-8117
Email: jhuffma2@umw.edu