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Program at a Glance

Graduate Certificate
College of Community Innovation and Education
Teacher Education, Schl of
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The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) provides additional training for professionals with a specific focus on knowledge, skills, and competencies for working with students with ASD.

The program is composed of four graduate courses that can be incorporated into a master's program of study in Exceptional Student Education or taken as an add-on to an undergraduate or graduate degree. Each course includes a field-based component. Students may complete field-based assignments in their own classrooms or schools if they serve students with ASD. There are also opportunities to complete these assignments at Project ASD demonstration sites.

Total Credit Hours Required: 12 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) graduate certificate program is state-approved by the Florida Department of Education as meeting requirements for adding an ASD endorsement to existing teacher certification (Administrative Rule 6A-4.01796). The Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit

Please note: Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.

Application Deadlines

December 1
April 1
July 1

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Career Opportunities

UCF prepares you for life beyond the classroom. Here, you’ll experience a wide range of opportunity, like learning diverse skills from world-renowned faculty to networking with top employers across Central Florida to gaining first-hand experience in internships nearby. Achieve your degree and more as a Knight.
  • Autism Tutor
  • Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
  • Early Childhood Special Educator
  • Pre-K Special Education Teacher
  • Pre-Kindergarten Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Preschool Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher for Adults with Disabilities

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