Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

We are excited to announce a collaboration between Dr. Stephen Shore, Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University and Dr. Rachelle Sheely at RDI Connect in offering an Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum studies to the RDI Community.

The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (non-teacher certification) is designed for individuals from allied professions such as school psychology, social work, and health fields, as well as classroom teachers who are not special education certified.  A Bachelor’s degree is required for admission.  The certificate is comprised of four courses.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this program is to provide knowledge about autism spectrum disorders.  In no way does completion of the courses provide authority to operate as a licensed professional unless doing so within the scope of a professionally licensed practice.

EEC (0810) 640 – Diagnosis of and Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders


Credits: 3.00

Students will learn about multi-disciplinary diagnostic approaches and interventions for autism spectrum disorders including autism, Asperger Sundrome, and pervasive developmental delays. Topics will include assessment protocols, scientifically based behavioral and developmental interventions such as ABA, TEACCH, Miller Method, Floortime, RDI, speech/language strategies, PECS, and other research based approaches. 10 hours of fieldwork required.

Prerequisite 1: EEC 600 or EST 305EEC 540 or advisor/instructor approval

Advanced Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Official transcripts showing a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA on a four-point scale
  • Final undergraduate transcripts stating proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution or international equivalent
  • A 500-word essay detailing reasoning for the pursuit of this certificate
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • $50 application fee
  • International Students whose native language is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 80 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. International students in this program are not eligible for an F-1 visa.

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