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Department of Counseling, Special Education & School Psychology

Program Director

For specific questions about the Autism Spectrum & Related Disabilities Certificate, please contact the program director:

Jennifer S. Vaschak, MS, Ed
3312 Beeghly College of Education
(330) 941-1931

Certificate Description

This five-course certificate (16 semester hours) is designed to meet the needs of candidates in education or related fields, such as psychology, nursing, school counseling, and speech and language therapy. Candidates complete specialized coursework in characteristics and methods for students with moderate to intensive needs and specifically, autism. During a summer practicum experience, candidates seeking this graduate certificate are required to assess students, analyze data, and apply evidence-based practices as specified by the Council for Exceptional Children. Frequency of course offerings allow most candidates to earn the certificate within two semesters and two summer sessions.

Applicants for this graduate certificate must meet the requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies at YSU.

Certificate Requirements

Students must complete the following five courses:

SPED 5810Introduction to Sign Language3
SPED 6914Behavior Management for Educators3
SPED 6996Teaching Strategies/Autism4
SPED 6998AAC Strategies3
SPED 6999Field Experiences Autism/Related Disorders3
Total Semester Hours16