Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Certificate 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 certificate will benefit special educators and many general education teachers, who are being asked to serve these students at all grade levels.

This certificate is offered by the Department of Teaching, Curriculum, and Society 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 4 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?


  • Courses: 4
  • Credits: 10
  • Field Experience 

Application Information



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A non-refundable application fee of $65 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.


All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.

  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.

  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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