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Graduate Certificate Program

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Picture for autism infoThis certificate program is in response to the growing concern about services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is designed to deepen the expertise in the field of ASD to acquire the specialized skills to work as instructors.
Students must have a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited institution. It is open to all with a first degree in teacher education, special education, speech/language pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, and social work. Students will learn about theory, a variety of evidence based intervention methods, and working with families. The three-credit internship will accommodate an individual's work schedule.
A student must apply to enter the program at least by mid-semester of the second course taken within the certificate program.  Request an Application packet from the College of Graduate and Professional Studies by calling 434.395.2707, toll free 877.267.7883. or via e-mail at graduate@longwood.edu.
The internship, SPED 580, is completed in the final semester.  An internship application must be submitted by October 1st for a spring placement and March 1st for a fall placement to Dr. Rachel Mathews who in turn will submit it to the Office of Professional Services (OPS). Please read the application form carefully for full instructions and requirements.

Certificate requirements:

  • SPED 550 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • SPED 555 Promoting Social & Communicative Competence in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • SPED 560 Strategies and Interventions for Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in School, Home and Community (3)
  • SPED 580 Internship in Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)


Contact Information: Dr. Rachel Mathews, mathewsr@longwood.edu, 434.395.2532


Within the Department of Education and Special Education we offer a graduate certificate for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Certificates provide in depth study on a specific topic and in some cases, an additional endorsement area.

Students must apply for admission to the certificate at least by mid-semester of the second course taken.

Contact the College of Graduate & Professional Studies for admission applications and information (graduate@longwood.edu or 434.395.2707 or 877.267.7883 toll free).