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Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate of Graduate Study

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Program Information

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According to the CDC, more children than ever are being identified on the autism spectrum. Nationally 1 in 54 children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. New Jersey has the highest rate of all states: 1 in 31 children (1 in 20 boys; 1 in 85 girls).

This program has been developed to meet the increasing need for teachers and other school, behavioral, and community professionals to understand autism and to teach children with autism and collaborate with families in New Jersey. Upon completion, students will:

  • Understand the definition of the various syndromes within the broad category of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Understand the causes of ASD
  • Learn how to design and modify instruction for individuals with ASD
  • Apply principles of instruction, including behavior analysis, to the identification, management, and evaluation of individuals with ASD
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of approaches for enhancing the language and communication of individuals with ASD
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of approaches for enhancing the social skills of individuals with ASD

Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the Autism Spectrum Disorders COGS program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®). For more information about NJTOP, click here.

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The Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format with the final course in the program requiring field placement which may be possible to complete at the student's place of employment. It requires the completion of 15 graduate semester hours (5 courses), which are possible to complete in only three consecutive semesters. Courses in this program may be used to satisfy course requirements in Track II of the Master of Arts in Special Education program or the Content Area COGS of Rowan's Master of Education in Teacher Leadership. 

The following courses make up the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate of Graduate Study program. Each course is scheduled in eight-week modules, with each week of work starting every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. and ending every Monday at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

  • 5 Courses / 15 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 15 S.H.
SELN 10590 Introduction To Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
SELN 10591 Instructional Methods For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
SELN 10582 Communication Skills For Students With Disabilities 3
PSY 02600 ABCs of Applied Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 02520 Assessment and Interventions for Social Skills and Relationships in Children 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.


  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning in a field such as Psychology, Education, or a related discipline
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
    • Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
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