2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate ►

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: CRT
Department: School of Teacher Education
Program Website: https://ccie.ucf.edu/teachered/exceptional-student-education/

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) provides additional training for professionals with a specific focus on knowledge, skills, and competencies for working with students with ASD.

The program is composed of four graduate courses that can be incorporated into a master’s program of study in Exceptional Student Education or taken as an add-on to an undergraduate or graduate degree. Each course includes a field-based component. Students may complete field-based assignments in their own classrooms or schools if they serve students with ASD. There are also opportunities to complete these assignments at Project ASD demonstration sites.

The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) graduate certificate program is state-approved by the Florida Department of Education as meeting requirements for adding an ASD endorsement to existing teacher certification (Administrative Rule 6A-4.01796). The Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CCIE-Autism-Spectrum-GC-June2020.pdf.

Please note: Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.


For the Autism Spectrum Disorders graduate certificate, students complete 12 credit hours of required courses.

Total Credit Hours Required: 12 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

*As per Graduate Certificate Program Policies , students may substitute electives as approved by the program director if they have already taken EEX 6297  and EEX 6246  in the Severe or Profound Disabilities Certificate.

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Application Deadlines

Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Kelly D. Schaffer, PhD 
Research Associate and Associate Director Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute

Eleazar Vasquez, PhD
Associate Professor and Director Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute
Telephone: 407-823-6705
ED 315F 

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230  
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL  32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

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