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Added Authorization, Autism Spectrum Disorders

This state-approved, autism specialist certificate is a 4-course, 12-unit program providing either a CTC-designated authorization to serve learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders or a Certificate of Completion.

ASDA Program Overview

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization (ASDA) permits the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction and special education related services to individuals with a primary disability of autism. It may be taken as a Certificate of Completion by teachers who wish to better understand students with autism and learn effective teaching strategies. Students seeking the ASDA must possess one of the designated eligible credentials prior to admission. Admission is not required for those completing the certificate.

Read about our recent alumni Amy's experience in our Autism program and attend an upcoming info session to learn about the program.

As an autism specialist certificate student, you will:

  • Learn evidence-based instructional and behavioral strategies to meet the varied needs of students across the autism spectrum.
  • Understand assessments and how to provide special education to individuals with autism.
  • Develop ways to examine the behavioral, developmental, and blended approaches in understanding and modifying the behaviors of autistic students.
  • Evaluate the learning needs of students with autism spectrum disorder, with an emphasis on resources and best practices for addressing academic issues at all functional levels.

Who Should Enroll:

  • Special Education Elementary Teachers 
  • Special Education High School Teachers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists with a Special Class Authorization 

Other Fees:

  • LiveText - $145 (nonrefundable)



8 weeks per course

4 courses total

Estimated Tuition

$550 per course

$2,200 full program (other fees may apply)

Ways to Learn



3 credits per course

12 academic credits total

ASDA Autism Certification Program Curriculum

  • EDUU 575  Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiologies and Characteristics*


    EDUU 675  Assessing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


    EDUU 676  Autism Spectrum Disorders: Programming and Strategies, I


    EDUU 677  Autism Spectrum Disorders: Programming and Strategies, II


     Total   12

    *EDUU 575 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiologies and Characteristics must be taken first. Courses must be taken sequentially.
    Students must receive a grade of B- or higher to progress to subsequent course and maintain an overall 3.0 GPA.

    Please note that admissions requirements for the Autism Spectrum Disorders added Authorization are different than those for other credentials and certificates.

    Questions regarding the eligibility of specific credentials should be directed to the Teacher Accreditation Department at 949-341-9899. 

ASDA Autism Certification Program Online Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents:

  • Must hold an appropriate active CTC credential
  • This program is eligible for financial aid for admitted students
Standalone Certificate

Admission is not required for those completing the certificate

Amy J.
I took the Autism program classes and found the passion of special education, which I really never thought of as an option. I finished the Autism program and enrolled in Brandman’s* Master of Special Education. The professors support their students and truly want them to be successful. The online format works best for my busy schedule, they understand that we are busy working adults, so they are encouraging with high expectations. I have learned to reflect on my teaching and determine if I am reaching all students and on how to better reach any struggling students.
Amy J. | North Orange County ROP, Career Technical Education Teacher in the Education Pathway
*Brandman University is now UMass Global
I needed to get my autism authorization and Brandman’s program was affordable and the timeline fit my schedule. As a working mom, I wanted a program that allowed me to complete my coursework at home. I have a deeper understanding of the functions of the coping mechanisms often used by students with autism, which helps me be more empathetic and patient when we are working together. I really appreciate that Brandman's* instructors were committed to helping us learn – they made the classes accessible and encouraged growth, and they were reachable by phone and email.
Megan T. | Connecting Waters Charter School, RSP (Resource Teacher)
*UMass Global, formerly Brandman University
As a result of my experiences in the program, I feel prepared to teach students with ASD. Before enrolling in this class, I admit I was intimidated and fearful of teaching students with ASD. I am much more confident in my ability to teach students with ASD, and my principal and co-workers appreciate my new knowledge. I feel prepared for my experiences with students with ASD and I am much more comfortable in the classroom.
Shelley K. | Pechanga Chammakilawish School, Special Education Teacher Mild to Moderate

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