The population of students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has grown dramatically over the past decade. Gain a greater understanding of the nature of ASD and the educational techniques used to meet the needs of students with ASD at all grade levels.
Students take foundational courses and have the opportunity to apply their learnings during a field placement working with students with autism.
Human Development and Disabilities
This course addresses the reciprocal relationship between human development and disability. Prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal causes of disability will be presented. Students will learn about theoretical perspectives, research, and current disagreements related to causes, identification, and treatment of disabilities. Prevention and intervention strategies will be presented for each disability. The application of assistive technology will be covered across disabilities.
Foundations of Autism
This course covers the major theoretical explanations for ASD symptomology, including contributions from education, psychology, neuroscience and related fields. Major debates surrounding identification, treatment, and outcomes of students with ASD, including recent commentaries from the ASD self-advocacy community, will be discussed.
Educating Autistic Students
In this course students will learn strategies and purported mechanisms behind current intervention models designed for students with ASD. Student will be able to evaluate research evidence and claims of effectiveness of each intervention, and will design and implement appropriate interventions for student with ASD.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Field Experience
This course provides a chance to apply the scholarship of the certificate in the field.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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:
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. Please note the following:
Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in email@example.com 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