Certificate of Completion

Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism (ASHFA)

Quick Facts

  • 15 credits
  • One year
  • Fully online

Our classrooms need educators who understand how to create inclusive environments where all students can thrive. The same as any student, students with special needs receive support for their education and future career goals. So, responsive teaching is needed to maintain equity in education. With a certificate in Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism (ASHFA), expand your understanding and skills in the fields of general education, special education, speech and hearing sciences, social work, psychology, counseling, and health professions. Focus on how AS/HFA affect a student’s behavior, social interaction, and learning skills. Learn specific techniques, strategies, and environmental modifications to enable children and young adults to succeed in general education, at home, and in the community. Topics include diagnostic issues, educational implications, transitioning through grade levels to college, and networks that support the life success for people on the spectrum.


Brenna Wood
Program Coordinator


Tracy Williams-Murphy
Admissions Advisor

Program Benefits

  • Align coursework with your professional development needs, whether you are a working professional or a community member interested in learning more about autism spectrum disorders
  • Study within a framework to improve the social, cognitive, behavioral, and academic skills of students with AS/HFA
  • Experience incredible value: Learn from experienced teachers—and do so in convenient locations and at an accessible price

Program Specifics

  • Enjoy the flexibility of a fully online program
  • Attend part-time
  • Start the program any term
  • Courses can be taken in any sequence
  • Simple “quick admit” process

Our graduates

The program benefits many types of professionals and nonprofessionals. Our certificate completers become paraeducators, special education teachers, and social workers. They serve as staff in community-based social services agencies and residential and day-treatment facilities. Additionally, the series of courses may serve as a pathway for undergraduate students considering working with children, youth, and adults who experience disability. Certificate completers may work with individuals on the autism spectrum in a variety of applied contexts. They may be paraprofessionals or teachers in schools. This coursework may also help a family member or caregiver better support someone close to them.

Why PSU?

Portland State University’s three decades in the AS/HFA field stand out. It is a national pioneer in the development of techniques and tools for academic and social skills training for teaching students with AS/HFA in K–12 settings. The University also supports our program as we share the idea that real-world applications can incorporate the needs of the whole person. Together, we nurture in you the strong convictions and fearless confidence critical to academic success.