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Autism Certificate Program


Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects 1 out of 68 children.  Old Dominion University is pleased to offer a 12-credit-hour certificate program designed to prepare teachers and related service providers to effectively work with and provide support for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).    This coursework can be completed separately from, or integrated into, the ODU Masters Degree in Special Education.   Please review the autism certificate program application (pdf) and application checklist (pdf) for more information.  Direct the application to:

Dr. Jonna Bobzien

Child Study Center Room 102
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529

Required Courses (program checklist)

SPED 625: Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This course will provide students with information regarding the characteristics and etiology of autism and other disorders on the autism spectrum, including communication and social skills challenges, sensory processing issues and the impact of common medical problems experienced by students with autism-spectrum disorders.                                        

SPED 627: Instructional Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This course will provide students with knowledge and skills related to assessment, program planning, and instructional methodology for students with autism spectrum disorders.  Special attention is focused upon strategies for promoting the development of social skills, and methods to address students' sensory support needs.                                           

SPED 569: Communication/Language Development and Intervention Strategies
This course examines symbolic and nonsymbolic communication/language development and acquisition. Emphasis is on routine based communication training, communication/language facilitation strategies, augmentative communication systems, and informal/functional communication/language assessment procedures for students with significant disabilities.

SPED 621: Effective Intervention for Children and Youth with Challenging Behavior
The course details current practices of data collection, programming, and data analysis of individual and group management. Functional behavioral assessment, positive behavior interventions and supports, problem reduction, replacement programming, self-control and use of peer-mediated intervention are emphasized.