Preparing Educators of Students with Autism (PESA) Certificate

Special Education

Certificate in Preparing Educators of Students with Autism (Online)

Improve the lives of all those on the autism spectrum.

Through weekly interactive forums and special projects, you'll explore research- and theory-based evidence related to supports for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. This, together with exploration of individual and family perspectives, will inform your critical analysis of approaches to intervention.

Preparing Educators of Students with Autism (PESA) is an online graduate certificate program designed to provide you with the latest research and evidence-based practices in autism assessment and intervention.

  • Application Deadline
    DomesticInternational
    FallJun 1Jun 1
    SpringNov 1Nov 1
    SummerMar 1Mar 1
    Fee$60$65
  • Admissions Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    • Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal Statement
      • 1 Letter of Recommendation
      • GRE Scores:
        • Required for domestic students only if your cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.00
        • Required for international students only if your cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.00
      • Resume:
        • Not required for domestic students
        • Not required for international students
      • TOEFL score from last two years*

      *International students only

  • Student Experiences

    "The online format gives me a chance to reflect on what I‘m going say and refine my ideas before posting them. From the beginning through the end, course expectations were clear and I could always go back and look at my instructor’s directions.”

    “I feel engaged when I see the relationship between my readings and what’s going on in my practice. I am also surprised by how much I learn from the experiences of my fellow classmates. The information that they shared helps me see how what we learned can be applied in multiple settings.” 

The program is comprised of five upper-level graduate courses focusing on autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The courses review current research and evidence-based practices in autism assessment and intervention and incorporate perspectives of individuals with ASD and their families.

PESA courses are open both to students who wish to pursue a certificate in this discipline and those who wish to take them on a stand-alone basis or in fulfillment of a graduate-level minor. This certificate program does not directly lead to teacher licensure.

Images in banner are from the Third National Painting Exhibition of Children with Autism 2010 sponsored by the Beijing Rehabilitation Association of Autistic Children