The Towson University Autism Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) shows employers that you have the expertise required to work with persons all across the autism spectrum - at any stage of life. You'll gain a breadth and depth of autism-focused knowledge: typical traits of individuals on the autism spectrum (including gifts and challenges, from infancy to adulthood), co-occurring conditions (such as anxiety), epidemiology, evidence-based interventions, classroom and workplace strategies, family impact, research, and key policy issues. This knowledge primes you to excel as an educator, therapist, or advocate. With this PBC, you can become an agent of change and truly make a difference in the lives of individuals with autism.
How long does it take to earn an Autism Studies Certificate?
A PBC is a graduate degree, but requires about half the coursework, time, and tuition as a Master's degree. The Autism Studies PBC is a 16 credit program: five 3-credit courses and one 1-credit course. It generally takes 1-2 years to complete. Many courses are offered online (via webcam) and in the evening to accommodate working professionals and students enrolled concurrently in a separate Master's program in a related discipline.
Who gets this PBC?
Autism Studies students include educators and early childhood professionals, mental health professionals, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, agency staff and disability specialists, researchers, advocates, and policy makers. In this program you will meet and share your autism-focused
experiences with other professionals from a variety of fields,
gaining from a wealth of perspectives and building a network of
autism experts to draw upon in the future.
Combining the Autism Certificate with a Master's in a Related Discipline
Graduate degree programs with up to 9 units of electives can integrate this PBC program to enhance professional credentials. Exploring this option may be of particular interest to students in Masters or Doctoral programs in:
(including early education, elementary education,
secondary education, and special education)
This program is also offered through the Towson Learning Network to employees of local school systems at various off-campus locations. Visit the Towson Learning Network to get information about applying to the program