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.

ASDAA Program Overview

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization (ASDAA) 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 ASDAA 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

University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

California Commission on Teaching Credentialing

University of Massachusetts Global's School of Education is accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.

Amy J.
I took the Autism classes [through Extended Education] and found the passion of special education, which I really never thought of as an option. I finished the Autism program and enrolled in the Master of Special Education.  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.
MA, Special Education
I have gained a deeper awareness of the many factors that influence brain based education, and how to intentionally develop brain based lessons.
Lori P.
Elementary School Teacher, Brain-Based Teaching Strategies Course
Compared to a brick and mortar, the professors are more open and I was able to learn better from them. The online community is what kept me going. I think this is the first time in my life that I can say I am proud of myself. 
Leonard W.
MA in Special Education, Behavior Analysis
*Brandman University is now UMass Global

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


ASDA Autism Certification Program Curriculum

  • Code Course Name Credits
    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. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Special Education

What are key characteristics of a special education teacher?

There are many characteristics that are essential for teachers who work with special needs students. Some examples include:

  • They are active listeners
  • They have strong social perception skills
  • They understand how to support different learning styles
  • They’re adept at complex problem solving
  • They are service oriented

Find out more about these qualities and explore if this helping profession is right for you.  

What is the difference between special education and inclusive education?

Historically, students with disabilities were taught separately from the other students, hence the term "special education." That is no longer the case. Today, schools strive to deliver "inclusive education," where special education services are delivered in the general education environment. "All means all" is the philosophy where all students can learn together in the same classroom. Get strategies for fostering inclusive learning

What is an IEP?

IEP stands for “Individualized Education Program.” Once a child has been evaluated and their eligibility for services is confirmed, the IEP serves as the roadmap for success based on the student’s unique needs. Special Educators work with a team that includes parents, administrators, and other related service providers to develop the IEP and document.

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