Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorder assists teachers and other professionals who work with students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in K-12 schools to understand the nature of ASD and the educational techniques used to meet their needs. The population of students being diagnosed with ASD has grown dramatically over the past decade. This specialization will benefit special educators and many general education teachers, who are being asked to serve these students at all grade levels.

This specialization is offered by the Department of Teacher Education, Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction located within the highly ranked and internationally recognized Lynch School. Our geographic proximity to the concentration of academic institutions in the Greater Boston and Northeast region, and our extraordinary alumni network provide significant opportunities to enhance your professional career.

At a Glance

How many courses?

This certificate consists of 3 courses and one field experience for a total of 10 credits.

How long will it take?

Full time or part time students will typically complete the certificate in 1 year.

When can I start?

Students can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. 

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?

Course Course Title Credit
EDUC 6495 Human Development and Disabilities 3
EDUC 6496 Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder  3
EDUC 6497 Intervention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder 3
EDUC 6498  Autism Spectrum Disorder Field Experience
  Total 10

Application Information



Early Decision
November 1
Regular Decision
December 1
Late Decision
March 1

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.



In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
  • Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
  • Any research experience or publications

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.



Official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar or relevant administrator, are required for all post-secondary education. Undergraduate transcripts are required and graduate level transcripts are accepted, but not required. Official transcripts are only required after acceptance and that unofficial copies are acceptable to be uploaded in the application.

Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Data Processing Center
P.O. Box 8027
Portsmouth, NH 03802

If you are using FedEx or UPS (as they do not ship to P.O. Boxes), please use this address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


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