Autism Spectrum Disorder (Graduate Certificate)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (Graduate Certificate)

Education Student

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Graduate Certificate program is no longer accepting new students. Current students will continue to have access to the same high-quality education and resources until they graduate.

Why get a graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorder?

The autism spectrum disorder graduate certificate is designed to introduce educators, therapists, family members and those in related fields to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and issues related to educating students with ASD. You’ll learn the characteristics, assessment methods and intervention strategies for students and across the life span. You’ll explore behavioral and developmental disabilities, methods of communication, assistive technology and the impact of autism on families. You’ll also study evidence-based practices in areas of behavior, communication, play, social interactions and sensory-motor skills. This graduate certificate is perfect for those who want to move into leadership roles working for individuals with ASD.

Why get your graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorder at UNH?

You can acquire expertise in autism spectrum disorder efficiently and affordably at UNH —the certificate may be completed in one year and costs less than a two-year master's program. The faculty for this interdisciplinary postbaccalaureate certificate are from several departments at UNH, including communication sciences and disorders, education, human development and family services, and occupational therapy. Mentorship is provided by an experienced faculty of scholar-practitioners, and some of the courses are part of sequences that lead to New Hampshire certification in Mental Retardation and certification by the Council for Exceptional Children.

Potential careers

  • Autism spectrum disorder specialist
  • Behavior analyst
  • Interventionist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Psychologist
  • School administrator
  • Social worker
  • Special education teacher
  • Speech language pathologist


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

Beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year (Spring 2021), the Autism Spectrum Disorder Graduate Certificate program will no longer be accepting new students. Current students will continue to have access to the same high-quality education and resources until they graduate.

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.

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:
EDUC 956Learning to Listen: Developing Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Challenging Behaviors4
COMM 843Augmentative and Alternative Communication3
OT courses in Assistive Technology including:
OT 835Assistive Technology for Communication and Cognitive Impairments2
OT 889Using iPads to Support Children with Disabilities3
OT 890Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration4


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.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

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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