Teacher of Students with Autism/Severe Intellectual Disabilities (15 credits)


The purpose of this certificate in Teacher of Students with 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 this certificate 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. 

Candidates must have a valid initial Special Education teaching license in order to enroll in this certificate.

Course Requirements

Teacher of Students with Autism/Severe Intellectual Disabilities (15 credits)

If you have already taken MSE 7402 as part of the Special Education K-12 Teacher of Students with Disabilities curriculum, you will need to take one three-credit elective in place of MSE 7402 in this certificate.

MED 6102 E-Folio

MSE 7501 Introduction to Autism & Severe Disabilities

MSE 7402 Applied Behavior Analysis

MSE 7506 Functional Communication for Individuals with Autism and Severe Intellectual Disabilities

MSE 7409 Methods of Instruction in Academic Standards and Functional Skills

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

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2022-2023 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2021 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.