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Department of
Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education

Special Education Program

Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Program Overview

The Teachers College at Emporia State University offers a graduate certificate program in Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This interdisciplinary online program helps professionals who work with persons with ASD and their family members develop the knowledge and skills needed to do so effectively.

The ASD graduate certificate requires 12 graduate credit hours. It can be completed either independent from or as a part of a master’s degree. The program is designed for the following professionals:

  1. Education (e.g., early childhood, general or special education)
  2. Counseling (e.g., rehabilitative counseling, school counseling)
  3. Psychology (e.g., school psychology)
  4. Art therapy

Family members of persons with ASD who meet the program admissions requirements may also complete the program.


Admission Requirements

  1. Undergraduate (baccalaureate) degree in a related field of study from an accredited college or university.
  2. Admission to Emporia State University for graduate study.
  3. Complete the online application form.
  4. Pay application fee following the directions on the application form.
  5. Submit official transcripts from each institution you have attended to the following address:

Graduate School, Campus Box 4003
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801-5415


Advising and Degree Plan

Each student will be assigned an advisor in the student's main area of interest, background, or specialization. The advisor and student will develop a plan of study including courses to be taken. This plan of study will be submitted for approval by the director(s) of the ASD program, and then forwarded for approval by the appropriate department chair.


Certificate Completion

Completion of all courses in the student's plan of study will result in award of the graduate certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The student will receive a certificate from the university.


Contact Us

To learn more, please contact Dr. Marj Bock at or 620-341-5831.