Program Summary

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Tuition per Credit


The Number of Children Diagnosed with Autism Continues to Rise

Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects a child's ability to communicate and interact with others. Demand is high for trained special education professionals who can work with the approximately 1.5 million Americans affected with autism. To help meet your career goals, Penn State World Campus has partnered with the College of Education, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Bureau of Special Education, to offer you an online Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Educating Individuals with Autism.

Penn State Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Educating Individuals with Autism

The focus of Penn State’s autism certificate is designed to help you acquire comprehensive, evidence-based information to assist you in developing effective educational programming for all students with autism spectrum disorders. The program also fosters networking with your colleagues across the United States and abroad, and helps you earn professional development hours such as Act 48 in Pennsylvania.

Through this program you can learn to assess individuals with autism spectrum disorders to effectively provide instruction; develop strategies to enhance social, behavioral, communication, and academic gains; strengthen your professional skills to work with families; and develop professional competencies to permit you to work with other educators and related personnel.

Penn State’s College of Education is regularly ranked among the nation’s best graduate schools, according to U.S. News & World Report, and the online Educating Individuals with Autism is taught by the same nationally recognized faculty.

Act 48 Approved

Penn State is an Act 48-approved provider for Pennsylvania educators, so the courses for the postbaccalaureate certificate in autism may count toward professional development hours.

Who Should Apply?

If you are a general education teacher this program was designed for you. You can also benefit greatly from the program if you are one of the following professionals:

  • behavior specialists
  • mobile therapists
  • educational consultants
  • speech and language pathologists
  • occupational therapists
  • school counselors
  • school psychologists
  • school nurses
  • social workers