Autism Endorsement Certificate

Gain the skills to more effectively teach individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

UMass Boston’s Autism Endorsement Certificate focuses on the characteristics, assessments, and strategies for effective instruction and collaboration to support teachers working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across a variety of settings. The program is designed for educators across Massachusetts who want to become certified to work with students with ASD. It is also appropriate as an add-on endorsement for individuals across a variety of license areas in special education. Explore evidence-based practices and strategies in an interactive online learning environment and apply what you're learning in class to your classroom or individual setting. This program fulfills the requirements to receive the credentials for the Autism Endorsement for Educator License from Massachusetts's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). This certificate is appropriate as an add-on endorsement for individuals across a variety of license areas in special education.

This endorsement is available to educators who hold a teacher license and at least three credits in special education OR a license in one of the following areas of special education:

  1. Moderate Disabilities
  2. Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities
  3. Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of Hearing
  4. Teacher of the Visually Impaired

or who are currently enrolled in an existing program.

Why Get an Autism Endorsement Certificate from UMass Boston?

The online program provides a flexible way to take additional courses to learn how to more effectively teach individuals with ASD. Courses are designed to be interactive and applied so they clearly link to your classroom or setting. The program will provide key instruction related to characteristics, assessment, evidence-based practices, and collaboration across personnel. It's appropriate for educators across Massachusetts.