Certificate in Autism Studies

About: 

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Psychology Department now offers an online post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in Autism Studies. This program prepares students for productive interaction with and advocacy for individuals with autism in a variety of settings. Graduates will have a solid and well-rounded understanding of autism and related disorders. They will understand, know how to implement, and know how to evaluate the most effective interventions for managing autism behaviors in the home, school, and health care facilities.

Depending on the electives they choose, graduates will understand ethical and legal aspects of autism intervention, strategies for managing behavior in and outside of the classroom, and/or strategies for families of individuals receiving or “aging out” of Federal and state services. Thus, the program will provide skills and knowledge needed to understand and manage autism behaviors in the classroom, at home, in health care settings, daycare centers, and more.

We prepare you to interact with and advocate for individuals with autism in a variety of settings.

  • Take 1 or 2 courses for personal interest or 4 to earn a certificate
  • Develop rewarding connections with autistic children and adults
  • Acquire the ability to evaluate behavior interventions
  • Gain strategies for managing behavior in and outside of the classroom

Who is eligible?
Students with a Bachelor's degree from any discipline may apply to the program.

Learn more about this program:
To receive more information and connect with the program manager, please click on inquire now to the right.

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ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, KANSAS, MARYLAND, and MINNESOTA RESIDENTS: UMass Dartmouth does not presently consider applications for online degree or certificate programs from applicants whose permanent residence is in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Maryland or Minnesota because of the regulations resulting from legislation in these states. For details about regulations in your state that may affect your enrollment in an online program offered by another state, you may wish to consult your state's Department of Education and/or learn about efforts of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements at http://nc-sara.org/. If you are a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Maryland, or Minnesota, UMass Dartmouth welcomes your application to a face-to-face program only.

 

Tuition/Fees: 

Registration is administered through University Extension at UMass Dartmouth. Students will be invoiced. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Course Tuition $1137
College Fee per semester $51
Technology Fee per course $150
Library Access Fee $18
Registration Fee (per semester) $30
Total for a three credit course* $1386

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* Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course

 

Accreditation: 

The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). And the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is accredited by AACSB International.

Did you know?

University of Massachusetts has earned several awards for its distance learning programs, faculty and technology including:

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell’s B.S. in Information Technology Ranked Among Top Affordable Online IT Degrees by Get Educated in 2011
  • UMass Ranked Among Top 10 Best Colleges in Online Education in Communication & Public Relations Degrees, 2011 by The Best Colleges
  • UMass ranks 19th highest-rated university in the world by the Times of London.
  • UMass ranked 56th in the Times of London’s Top 200
  • UMassOnline, UMass Boston President’s Special Achievement Award, Valerie C. Haven, Sloan-C 2010 Awards
  • Ranked Top 10 Online Degrees Colleges- September 2009 (Online Degree Reviews.com)
  • UMassOnline Awarded Public Sector of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council , 2008
  • Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program, UMass Lowell’s Online Graduate Behavioral Intervention in Autism Program, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • ‘Excellence in Online Teaching’ Award, Dr. Jeannette E. Riley, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Program of Excellence, University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)-Journalism Certificate
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • UMass Amherst Isenberg MBA, Top 10 national rankings, #4 Best Professors (2005, 2006, 2007 Princeton Review: Best Business Schools rankings)
  • 4th in Primary Care Education, U.S. World Reports
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education - United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 

 

Admissions: 

Candidates must submit the required application materials and application fee to the Graduate School. Applications are reviewed and judged on the following criteria:

1. Undergraduate degree: Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.

2. A personal statement (minimum 300 words) explaining the applicant's career goals and motivation for the degree.

3. Current Resume.

4. Candidates whose Bachelor’s degree was not earned in an approved English language country must submit either the TOEFL exam (minimum score of 72 internet-based or 533 paper-based) or IELTS exam (minimum band score of 6.0).

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid.

Students who are admitted to the program should review our Financial Aid Checklist, and fill out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov. It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth school code number 002210.

Tips:

  • Please renew your FAFSA form every year.
  • When you register for classes, please contact University Extension - Online and Continuing Education at UMass Dartmouth at (508) 999-9202 to let them know you have applied/are applying for financial aid.

For more information or if you have further questions, please contact UMass Dartmouth Financial Aid Office at (508) 999-8632 or at financialaid@umassd.edu.

Request Information

Contact: 
Steven Briggs
Phone: 
508-999-8606
Campus: 
Dartmouth
Level: 
Graduate
Type: 
Certificate
Credits: 
12
Tuition Per Credit: 
$379
Format: 
Online
Subject: 
Autism
Counseling
Health Sciences
Psychology
Public Health
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