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Autism Certificate Program

The coursework for a Certificate in Autism is available both as a stand-alone certificate or an area of emphasis with the Master of Education in Special Education. Either way, the classes are completely online.

Program Overview

  • 15 credit hours
  • Coursework is completed online
  • Prerequisite: bachelor's degree
  • Completion time varies. Students may take up to three classes each semester and two each summer session, making completion time vary by individual.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year.
  • Coursework can be paired with a Master of Education in Special Education
  • Learn more.
Related degrees:
Master of Education in Special Education
Bachelor of General Studies

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Robin Lock
  • Phone: 806.834.3976

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment.

  1. Complete the ApplyTexas application.
    • When asked to select your major, you will choose Graduate Certificate Program.
    • When asked to indicate your major area of interest/specialty, type Autism.
    • When asked what degree you will seek, choose Certification.
    • In the Custom Questions section of the application, be sure to choose CAUT - Autism from the list of available Graduate Certificate programs.
  2. Complete additional admissions requirements as outlined by the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • The initial application fee is $60. Each subsequent application is $50.
    • Students who plan to pursue only the Autism Certificate and do not plan to earn a master's degree do not need to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the University.
    • Applicants must have official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School.
  3. Check the Applications tab in your Raiderlink for notification of a change in your admissions status.
    • Upon your acceptance into the Graduate School and the College of Education, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. If you receive notification of rejection, you may contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research, 806.742.1998, ext. 436, for advisement regarding the admissions appeals process.

Interested in taking only one or two courses? Use Texas Tech University's Graduate Temporary Status to apply and take as many as 12 credit hours without completing the application process to a degree program.

Program Requirements

Certificate programs can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master's program. All coursework is offered online.

Required Courses (15 credit hours)
EDSP 5303 ABA I: Applied Behavioral Analysis in Special Education
EDSP 5306 Instructional Strategies for Teaching Low Incidence Disabilities
EDSP 5320 Characteristics of Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
EDSP 5345 ABA II: Data Collection Methods and Single Subject Designs
EDSP 5390 Seminar in Special Education for Augmentative and Alternate Communication Systems

For a Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Autism, 21 additional credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive evaluation or thesis will be required.