Autism Spectrum Disorder (Graduate Certificate)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (Graduate Certificate)

Education Student

This program will serve the professional development needs of a wide variety of individuals, including:

  1. parents of children with ASD;
  2. special and general education teachers and administrators; speech-­language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavioral consultants, recreation therapists; and
  3. graduate students in other University majors such as sociology or psychology.

    For more information please visit the Autism Spectrum Disorder website.


Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the certificate program.


Department of Education
Morrill Hall
University of New Hampshire
62 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2310
Fax: (603) 862-2174


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Curriculum & Requirements

The coursework for the graduate certificate consists of 12-15 credits from the following required and elective course offerings. Highly qualified individuals may petition for permission to waive a required course. Applicants are urged to schedule an appointment with the program coordinators to develop their individualized course of study. Applications for graduate certificates are available through the Graduate School website.

Required Courses
EDUC 857Contemporary Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorders4
COMM 842Autism Spectrum Disorders2
Select two of the following based on individual advising: 1
COMM 843Augmentative and Alternative Communication3
EDUC #853Contemporary Issues in Behavioral Disabilities4
EDUC #854Contemporary Issues of Developmental Disabilities4
EDUC #855Facilitating Social Understanding and Relationships for Students with Disabilities2
EDUC #952Inclusive Assessment, Curriculum, Instruction, and Communication Supports4
EDUC 956Learning to Listen: Developing Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Challenging Behaviors4
OT courses in Assistive Technology including:
OT 822Introduction to Assistive Technology4
OT 826Assistive Technology and Sensory, Communicative, and Cognitive Disabilities4
HDFS 897Special Topics (Impact of Autism on the Family)1-4


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Rolling Admissions, Applications accepted September - May
  • Spring: Rolling Admissions, Applications accepted September - May
  • Summer: Rolling Admissions, Applications accepted September - May
  • Special:

Application fee: $25

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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