Comprehensive Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Average Time to Complete 3 semesters

About the Program

MBU | Certificate | Online – One of the greatest challenges schools and caregivers face today is the sharp rise in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Mary Baldwin University is helping to provide educators — and others seeking employment in any human services field — with comprehensive training and experiences in the field of ASD. Approved by the Virginia Autism Council, Mary Baldwin University’s Comprehensive Certificate in the Area of Autism Spectrum Disorders will help those professionals work with and provide support to individuals with ASD in schools and in the greater community.

The program is designed to meet the needs of teachers, paraeducators, social workers, school psychologists, school administrators, in-home service providers, behavior analysts, counselors, law enforcement workers, and parents.

Career Paths

  • Special education teacher
  • School therapist
  • Student aide
  • Behavior therapist

Courses & Requirements

12 Credit Hours

Students and community members who are interested in taking the first course, but not interested in completing the full certificate program, are welcome to enroll as special students.

Please note that ED 640 is a pre-requisite course for the other courses in the sequence.

All courses are offered at the graduate level; a bachelor’s degree is required. Exceptions, however, may be granted by the director of the program for undergraduate students and community members without four-year degrees on a case-by-case basis.

These courses are all offered in an online format with “real time” webinar-style class meetings.

Cost & Financial Aid

Learn more about Financial Aid opportunities available at Mary Baldwin University.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

Support resources for Mary Baldwin University students:

How to Apply

Apply as a special student online.

Deadlines for applications are as follows:

Fall – July 31

Spring – November 15

Summer – April 15

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