Autism Spectrum Disorders

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The marked increase in prevalence of students with autism is accompanied by a heightened demand for effective educational and therapeutic services. This graduate certificate program provides specialized training for teachers and related service providers to enhance their knowledge and skills for working with children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to:
-Provide focused instruction and intense individualized interventions to support children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders across home, school, and clinic settings
-Work collaboratively as members of interdisciplinary teams
-Evaluate, select, and implement evidence-based practices

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – Rolling admissions
Spring – Rolling admissions
Summer – Rolling admissions

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

Additional requirements:

A resumé is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admissions 
Graduate School of Education and Human Development 
The George Washington University 
2136 G Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: 
[email protected] ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax) 
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday