Graduate Certificate in Special Education - Autism/Severe Disabilities


The purpose of this certificate in Special Education-Autism/Severe Intellectual Disabilities is to prepare master’s level educators to teach children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, and other developmental disabilities. The goal of the Certificate Program is to provide research/evidence based techniques and strategies to: assess students and use the results to develop goals and implement plans based on student needs and targeted outcomes. The coursework will prepare teachers to design and implement evidence based instruction aligned to alternative learning standards.  Fieldwork/clinical experiences are embedded across the coursework, enabling the teachers to demonstrate mastery of the CEC Specialist Standards through performance based tasks.  Completion of this Certificate Program (in addition to meeting all state requirements) will lead to Delaware Certification in Teacher of Students with Autism/Severe Intellectual Disabilities.

Course Requirements

Special Education Autism Severe Intellectual Disabilities Course Requirements (15 credits)

MED 6102 E-Folio

MSE 7501 Introduction to Autism & Severe Disabilities

MSE 7402 Applied Behavior Analysis

MSE 7506 Functional Comm Indv with Autisim&Sever Disability

MSE 7409 Methods of Instruction in Academic Standards and Functional Skills

MSE 7507 Competency-based Practicum in Behaviorally-Based Teaching Techniques

Delaware Certification Special Education Autism/Severe Intellectual Disabilities

Current Delaware Department of Education regulations (DE Title 14, §1573) permit individuals who hold an initial continuing, advanced license, or a Limited Standard, Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued by the Department prior to August 31, 2003, and who hold a Standard Certificate in a subject (content), grade level, or area, to apply for a State of Delaware Standard Certificate as a Teacher of Students with Autism / Severe Intellectual Disabilities after successfully completing five (5) of the Wilmington University College of Education courses. 

However, certification requirements are subject to change by the Delaware Department of Education and the Professional Standards Board. The most recent information about those requirements can be accessed at the Delaware Department of Education/Professional Standards Board website.