Autism Spectrum Disorder, Grad Certificate

College of Education

Program Description:

 The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder is designed for in-service general education and special education teachers, related service professionals (e.g., speech/language pathologist), and parents wishing to acquire advanced instructional skills and knowledge in the area of communication, social, and behavioral interventions for students with significant support needs. The Graduate Certificate program is open to students pursing a graduate degree in Special Education and in other related fields (e.g., Speech Language Pathology, Family Studies, Early Childhood Education) at the University of New Mexico, and to individuals who minimally hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in having specialized training in working with students with social, language, and behavioral needs (e.g., students with autism spectrum disorders [ASD]). To obtain the certificate, students must successfully complete a minimum of 18 credit hours and an approved final capstone project.

Required Course Work (18):
  • SPCD 519  Applied Behavioral Analysis in the Classroom (3)
  • SPCD 552  Teaching Students with Intellectual Disability and Severe Disabilities (3)
  • SPCD 582  Teaching Students with Intensive Communication Needs (3)
  • SPCD 583  Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • SPCD 584  Research and Teaching/Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • SPCD 595  Advanced Field Experience (3)

Admission Requirements:

  Interested individuals should contact Dr. Cathy Qi (277-4452/, Concentration I: Mental Retardation and Severe Disabilities to request an application packet. Applicants must
complete a Graduate Application Form either on-line ( or using the paper copy in the Certificate Application packet. The application for this certificate must include
a one-page philosophy statement on community participation of persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and three letters of recommendation that include academic and/or professional references. Applicants must hold minimally a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale in the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s degree.

Contact Information:

Liz Keefe: Program Coordinator
(505) 277-1587