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Preparing Educators of Students with Autism

Graduate Certificate

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The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Preparing Educators of Students with Autism (PESA) is designed for professional and others with an interest in supporting individuals on the autism spectrum. The upper level graduate courses emphasize research and theory related to the core autism challenge of social communication, individual and family perspectives, integrated approaches to intervention, and practical considerations.

The fully online format incorporates guided weekly discussions in which students engage in critical analysis of intervention practices and related issues by referencing current research.  Courses also incorporate opportunity for students to pursue topics of individual interest.

As an alternative to completing the five-course certificate, courses can be taken individually.  For example, they can be used as electives for master's or Ph.D. programs in special education, school psychology, speech and hearing, or related degrees - programs in which students enroll separately.  Courses can also be used in combination as a graduate minor.  As a five-course specialty certificate, PESA does not grant a teaching license or degree.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Preparing Educators of Students with Autism prepares you for such careers and endeavors as:

  • Autistic specialist or consultant
  • Special education teacher
  • Higher education faculty
  • Other roles that support individuals on the autism spectrum, such as family members

Certificate Requirements

To earn your Graduate Certificate in Preparing Educators of Students with Autism, you must complete 15 credit hours of core coursework.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  2. 2.7 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Letter of recommendation
  • GRE scores (required for domestic students and international students only if your cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.00) 
  • TOEFL score from last two years (international students only) 


K 631Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)3 Credits
K 632Promoting Social Competency in Autism Spectrum Disorders3 Credits
K 633Communication Development, Assessment, & Intervention in ASD3 Credits
K 634Preventing & Intervening with Challenging Behavior for Students with ASD3 Credits
K 635Evidence-Based Professional Practice to Support School-Based Learning for Students with ASD3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $474.27
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1422.81

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is ineligible for financial aid. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $565.74
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1697.22
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