Texas Tech University

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

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  Graduate Admissions application.
    • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).
    • Applicants must have unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu. If you are admitted, you will then be required to submit official transcripts.
    • All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency before their applications can be considered for admission. A list of acceptable exams can be found on the Graduate School International Prospective Student webpage. This test is waived only for graduates of U.S. universities or universities in English proficiency-exempt countries. Applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years at a college or university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country, are also exempt from the English proficiency requirement.
  2. 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 a letter 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 5344 Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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.

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