Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Certificate of Completion

Educators recognize the potential of students with Asperger’s Syndrome and high functioning autism to lead highly productive, independent lives. Experienced special educators are able to spot differences in the educational success for some students as likely signs of Asperger’s or related conditions on the autism spectrum. Portland State University’s three decades in the field stand out. As 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, Portland State’s College of Education offers professional development course work in autism for general and special education teachers, people in the helping professions and current undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in teaching or who are currently working with people on the autism spectrum. PSU’s online ASHFA certificate program provides a framework for understanding how to improve the social, cognitive, behavioral and academic skills of students with Asperger’s Syndrome by teaching them to utilize appropriate social skills across a variety of contexts. This 12-credit, fully online program focuses on how AS/HFA affects a student’s behavior, social interaction and learning skills and the specific techniques, strategies, and environmental modifications to enable children and young adults to succeed in general education, at home, and in the community.

"Thanks to “A Different Way of Thinking”, my understanding of HFASD is much deeper. I have been able to apply many aspects of that course to understanding my son better..." – Ulana (student in ASHFA program)

Topics include diagnostic issues, educational implications, transitioning through grade levels to college and networks which support the life success for people on the spectrum.

Intended Audiences:

  • Undergraduate students pursuing degrees and careers in education, speech and hearing sciences, psychology, counseling, health professions, or the helping professions
  • Graduate students pursuing degrees and careers in education, psychology, counseling, health professions, or the helping professions
  • General education teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • Community and school counselors
  • Health educators
  • Arts therapists
  • Speech and hearing professionals
  • Social workers, case workers, family liaisons
  • Allied education professionals (transportation, front office workers, paraprofessionals, instructional aides)
  • Therapeutic recreational specialists and recreational specialists

Tracy Williams-Murphy
Program Specialist