Autism Studies Certificate

Do you find yourself living with or providing personal or professional support to an individual that has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? As diagnoses rise, so too does the need to understand and learn to assist this growing population. In response, Saint Joseph's now offers coursework in autism studies for occupational therapists, mobile therapists, speech pathologist, physical therapists, policy-makers, health care providers and even loved ones of those with ASD to help individuals on the spectrum succeed in their personal and professional lives. Additionally, Saint Joseph's Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support offers a unique advantage to the program, providing real-world experience for students.

In addition to practitioners, the autism certificate can be helpful for parents, educational support personnel and involved community members who want to learn more about ASDs. The flexible schedule and engaged faculty ensure that each student completes the program with the education and skills needed to promote personal growth in individuals with ASD.

Students may complete the autism coursework through an undergraduate certificate, post-baccalaureate certificate or as a concentration within a bachelor's degree in Professional and Liberal Studies. Students who complete the coursework online which includes practicum fieldwork will be eligible to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) examination, an important certification for professionals in the field.