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Autism Certificate

Autism Certificate
Autism Certificate

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more children than ever are being identified as having autism spectrum disorders. Until recently, researchers had believed that autism occurred in approximately 4–5 in 10,000 births. Current national data indicates that the of autism spectrum disorders is about 1 in 150 children. In New Jersey, the number of children classified as autistic has more than doubled in the past five years and according to the CDC, NJ now has the highest prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the country.

Online Autism Certificate Program Highlights

  • 5 courses or 15 semester hours
  • Classes meet weekly in late afternoon or evening, for the traditional 15–16 week semester
  • All courses are located on our Glassboro campus
  • This program is part-time
  • Possible completion in 3 consecutive semesters

Applying to the Autism Certificate Program

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • CGCE Graduate Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) waived application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in related field such as Psychology, Education, or a related discipline
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation: While the official Recommendation Form is required, a letter from the recommender is preferred.
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

The Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format with the final course in the program requiring field placement which may be possible to complete at the student’s place of employment. It requires the completion of 15 graduate semester hours (5 courses), which are possible to complete in only three consecutive semesters. Courses in this program may be used to satisfy course requirements in Track II of the Master of Arts in Special Education program or the Content Area COGS of Rowan’s Master of Education in Teacher Leadership.



The following courses make up the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate of Graduate Study program. Each course is scheduled in eight-week modules, with each week of work starting every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. and ending every Monday at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

  • 5 Courses / 15 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 15 S.H.
SELN 10590 Introduction To Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
SELN 10591 Instructional Methods For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
SELN 10582 Communication Skills For Students With Disabilities 3
PSY 02600 ABCs of Applied Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 02520 Assessment and Interventions for Social Skills and Relationships in Children 3

Go here to Apply Now

For Start dates and Deadline dates contact:

Dr. Barry Meinster
Coordinator of New Jersey Teacher Outreach Programs (NJTOP)
Rowan University Global Division
M – F  8 a.m. – 9 p.m

Tuition – $685 per credit

Autism course

Program Objectives

This program has been developed to meet the increasing need for teachers and other school, behavioral, and community professionals to understand autism and to teach children with autism and collaborate with families in New Jersey. Upon completion, students will:

  • Understand the definition of the various syndromes within the broad category of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Understand the causes of ASD
  • Learn how to design and modify instruction for individuals with ASD
  • Apply principles of instruction, including behavior analysis, to the identification, management, and evaluation of individuals with ASD
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of approaches for enhancing the language and communication of individuals with ASD
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of approaches for enhancing the social skills of individuals with ASD