Certificate of Completion

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Quick Facts

  • 15 credits
  • One year
  • Fully online

Twenty-first-century schools are diverse and inclusive communities. The same as any student, students with autism receive support for their education and future career goals. So, responsive teaching is needed to maintain equity in education. This certificate will help you expand your skill set for working with individuals and students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Gain teaching strategies to support students with ASD in early childhood through school age  as well as transition from high school into adult life and careers. 


Brenna Wood
Program Coordinator


Tracy Williams-Murphy
Admissions Advisor

Program Benefits

  • Enhance your graduate or undergraduate studies as you work toward a career in special education, counseling, or another health and human service profession
  • 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 ASD
  • Experience incredible value: Learn from licenced autism specialists and teachers—conveniently online and at an accessible price

Program Specifics

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

About the program

The courses in the certificate can be completed as a non-degree student or go toward a master’s degree in Special Education.

Participants in the ASD certificate of completion program do not have to be formally admitted to PSU to enroll in courses. Students must have a PSU student ID and active Odin account to register.

Our graduates

The program benefits many types of professionals and nonprofessionals. You may already work in general education or special education, speech and hearing sciences, social work, psychology, counseling, health professions, or the helping professions. Our certificate completers come from a  variety of backgrounds including paraeducators, special education teachers, parents of children with ASD, speech-language pathologists in addition to 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 and graduate  students considering working with children, youth, and adults who experience disability. Although this program does not earn participants the TSPC designation of Licensed Autism Specialist, course content is aligned with the Oregon Commission on Autism standards and competencies.

Why PSU?

Portland State University’s three decades in the autism 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 autism in K–12 settings. To that end, the coursework in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) certificate is based on current research and evidence-based practices in the field of autism. This research supports graduate students and professionals in all those fields.