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Autism (Graduate Certificate)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects 1 out of 68 children. This autism certificate program is designed to prepare teachers and related service providers to effectively work with and provide support for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Autism (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is Autism at ODU like?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects 1 out of 68 children. This autism certificate program is designed to prepare teachers and related service providers to effectively work with and provide support for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Program Highlights


What makes Autism at ODU unique?

  • Coursework can be completed separately from, or integrated into, the ODU Master's Degree in Education with a Major in Special Education.

  • Certificate consists of four graduate level courses (12 credit hours).

  • Courses are offered in on campus, online (asynchronous), and web conferencing (synchronous) modalities.

  • Several courses include field-based learning opportunities.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

$61,960

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach elementary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

$48,430

MEDIAN SALARY


Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.

School Psychologists

$81,330

MEDIAN SALARY


Investigate processes of learning and teaching and develop psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.

Adapted Physical Education Specialists

$60,750

MEDIAN SALARY


Provide individualized physical education instruction or services to children, youth, or adults with exceptional physical needs due to gross motor developmental delays or other impairments.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Autism at ODU?

SPED 621:
Effective Interventions for Children and Youth with Challenging Behavior


Students with challenging behavior pose a tremendous challenge to school personnel. Along with the growing incidence of behavior problems, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of research-supported interventions. Emphasis is on assessment of the structural and functional properties of problem behavior to facilitate development of interventions that match the nature and severity of the problem behavior. The course focuses on gaining knowledge of the likely source|s) of challenging behavior, including various strategies to document the environmental determinants of the behavior, establishment of school-wide, classroom-level, and student-specific intervention programs and ways to document the outcome of those interventions. Attention is given to adult- as well as peer-mediated intervention options for problem behavior reduction/replacement among children and youth from diverse backgrounds and across categories of exceptionality. Practicum of 45 hours required. Prerequisites: SPED 400/SPED 500, SPED 411/SPED 511, and passing scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educator Tests or equivalent as prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education.

SPED 627:
Instructional Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


This course includes a review of intervention strategies for students with autism spectrum disorders. Practicum of 45 hours required. Prerequisites: SPED 400/SPED 500, SPED 415/SPED 515, and passing scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educator Tests or equivalent as prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education.

SPED 625:
Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


This course includes a review of characteristics, etiology, prevalence, and perspectives of students with autism spectrum disorders. Prerequisites: SPED 400/SPED 500.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Autism at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in Autism should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university

  • Admission to Old Dominion University as a non-degree seeking graduate student

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.80 for all college credit courses taken in the baccalaureate degree program

  • Passing Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educator Tests or equivalent assessments scores

  • Submission of an application to the ODU Autism Certificate program

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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Graduate Program Director


Name:

Jonna Bobzien PhD


Location:

241 LIONS CHILD STUDY CTR, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-3307


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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