Autism Spectrum Disorder


This 12-hour program of study provides teachers with additional expertise in the field of educating students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It is anticipated that these courses will meet the requirements of the Florida Department of Education's Endorsement in the field of autism. Emphasis is placed on assessment and diagnosis of ASD, understanding the nature of autism, the use of assistive and instructional technology and positive behavior support. Meaningful application of knowledge and skills is required through the extensive field-based experiences.

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate is offered fully online. Students will need a headset with a microphone for real-time meetings, access to high-speed internet, email, Word, PowerPoint, PDF files and a media video player.


Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA. In addition applicants should have approximately 30 credit hours of coursework in education or a related field (speech-language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy that deals with students with severe/profound disabilities).

Preference will be given to professional practitioners who have minimum one year experience working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None are required.


12 credit hours

  • EEX 6234 - Identification and Assessment of Individuals with Low Incidence Disabilities (3)
  • EED 6246 - Educating Students with Autism (3)
  • EEX 6619 - Positive Behavior Support (3)
  • EEX 6767 - Assistive Technology for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities in Special Education (3)



Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is three years.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Director: Karen Colucci
(813) 974-1398
send email

Graduate Certificates
(813) 974-4926
send email

Jonathan McIntosh
send email

Department Website