Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Gain the skills and experience needed to support the success of students with autism through certificate program for both general and special education teachers.


William & Mary’s nine-credit graduate certificate in autism offers current and in-training teachers and school professionals a comprehensive understanding of the characteristics and diagnostic criteria, instructional considerations, language and communication needs, and behavioral and social supports specific to students with autism.

Delivered through face-to-face instruction on the W&M campus by expert faculty, the certificate provides a foundational understanding of autism as well as advanced classroom management skills, enhancing the repertoire of skills and understanding to manage severe and persistent problem behavior in the classroom. The program also offers a focus on collaboration, providing valuable skills to establish and maintain the positive collaborative relationships involved in the wrap-around service model most effective in supporting students with autism and other disabilities.

In addition to coursework, students complete 15 hours of fieldwork, which may consist of practicum and/or internships. All classes are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals.

  • CRIN X54: Characteristics and Adaptations for Students with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • CRIN X87: Collaboration for Teaching and Learning
  • CRIN X57: Advanced Classroom Management 

View course descriptions.


New students: If you are not currently a graduate student at the School of Education, please submit an online application.

Current students: Currently active, degree-seeking students in the School of Education do not need to complete the online application. Instead they should submit the Autism Certificate Election Form

Autism Certificate Contact

[[hbhuber, Heartley Huber]]
Assistant Professor of Special Education
(757) 221-2150