Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate of Graduate Study

Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate of Graduate Study

Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate of Graduate Study

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more children than ever are being identified as having autism spectrum disorders. Until recently, researchers had believed that autism occurred in approximately 4-5 in 10,000 births. Current national data indicates that the of autism spectrum disorders is about 1 in 150 children. In New Jersey, the number of children classified as autistic has more than doubled in the past five years and according to the CDC, NJ now has the highest prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the country.

This program has been developed to meet the increasing need for teachers and other school and behavioral professionals to understand autism spectrum disorders and to be able to teach and manage children with ASD 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 including NJTOP tuition rates click here.



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 3 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.


  • 5 Courses / 15 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: No
Course Number
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

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action 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 indicating any missing items.

  • $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

    • While the official Recommendation Form is required, an actual letter from the recommender is preferred.
  • 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)


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate of Graduate Study program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Spring - Module 4 March 3 February 1
Summer - Module 5 May 18 April 1