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Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement Certification (ASD)

Meet the Needs of Autistic Students with an Accelerated Online Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement

Marywood’s accelerated, online autism spectrum disorder (ASD) endorsement provides educators, school psychologists, counselors, and other professionals with the skills they need to meet the educational needs of students with ASD.

Our 12-credit program, which is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, can be completed in just two semesters. All classes are online, making them convenient for working professionals. Coursework is supplemented by 80 hours of field experience that allow students to work directly with children with ASD. If you are a teacher or school administrator, you can typically complete your field work within your own school district.

  • Accelerated, online program
  • Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Field Work can be completed within attendees own school district

Top Employers

  • School Districts
  • Universities
  • Education App/Tutoring Companies
  • Public Libraries

Top Career Paths

  • Special Education Supervisor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Learning/Development Coordinator
  • Elementary School Teacher

Dig Deeper Into the Program Details

Persons interested in pursuing a graduate program in education must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Complete an application to the University
  • Submit a 350-word essay describing how this program will enhance your current profession and advance your career goals.
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Further graduate admissions information is found on Marywood's website.  Details about the campus, open houses and visits, and financial information are given plus you can find your admissions counselor — an expert who can guide you through the entire paperwork and process and handle any prior credit transfer requests!

A minimum of one-half of a student’s coursework must be completed at Marywood University in order to receive a recommendation for PA certification. To qualify for a Master's Degree, a minimum of three-fourths of the program coursework must be completed at Marywood.

Completing the Program

Professional Contribution

Most graduate degree programs in education include a closure experience called a Professional Contribution (PC). Depending on the program, the PC may be a project, thesis, exhibit, portfolio, internship, applied research, or action research. Degree candidates work under the guidance of a faculty mentor and give a public presentation of their Professional Contribution.

NoteRequirements discussed on this website regarding admission to a program, prerequisite and requisite courses, student teaching approval, and recommendation for certification and graduation are subject to change. Legislation governing educational programs in Pennsylvania is not static but evolves with the mission of the Pennsylvania Department of Education to 'ensure that every learner has access to a world-class education system that academically prepares children and adults to succeed as productive citizens.' Program curricula contained in this site will be modified to meet these regulations whenever the Pennsylvania Department of Education advances new guidelines.
The School of Education is located in the The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues. This facility contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space.
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McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies

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The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues, contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space for Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology and Counseling, Education, and Business students. Market Marywood is also located here.

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The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues, contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space for Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology and Counseling, Education, and Business students.

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