Online/Blended Degree and Certificate Programs

Autism Certificates

Gain expertise, earn recognition and set yourself up for career advancement with our certificate programs.

Prepare for a deeply rewarding career with the online advanced certificate programs in Autism and Severe or Multiple Disabilities (Advanced ASMD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (Advanced ASD) offered by the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education. The programs provide you with an exceptionally rich learning experience, knowledge that you can immediately apply to the workplace, and a valuable educational credential.

They also offer a unique opportunity to study with and gain insights from Stephen Shore, Ed.D., a nationally renowned academician and Adelphi University faculty member whose expertise is fully informed by his experience living on the autism spectrum.

Both the Advanced ASMD and Advanced ASD emphasize the lifespan approach to development. Students not only learn multi-disciplinary strategies and methods for diagnosis, assessment and interventions, they also gain expertise in matching best practices to individual need—at every stage of life.

Dr. Shore and his colleague, Pavan J. Anthony, Ed.D., developed the curriculum in consultation with practitioners and nationally recognized leaders in the field, including authors of some of the textbooks students read in class. Each of these fully online, 12-credit, instructor-led programs can be completed in one year.

More than 3.2 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.
—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Choose the Advanced Certificate Program that Meets Your Objectives

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Advanced Certificate in Autism and Severe or Multiple Disabilities:
The online Advanced ASMD is geared to special educators, general educators, related service providers and school psychologists. Students must hold a master’s degree for admission, and many of them have these credentials:

  • A certificate for teaching special education, the deaf and hearing-impaired, the blind and partially sighted, and the speech- and hearing-handicapped
  • A certificate in early childhood special education, childhood special education, middle childhood special education, adolescence special education, deaf and hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired, and speech and language disabilities

Students in the Advanced ASMD can choose the Autism Specialization or Severe or Multiple Disabilities Specialization. Completion of either leads to the New York State Annotation in Severe and Multiple Disabilities and may apply to certificate extension requirements in other states.

Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders:
The Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders attracts a broad range of students worldwide who work or are interested in working with children and adults on the autism spectrum. They may hold positions as educators, health care providers, therapists or program managers in settings ranging from schools, clinics and hospitals, to group homes and rehabilitation centers. Students with an undergraduate degree in any subject can apply for admittance.

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Program Highlights

Our advanced certificate programs provide students not only with cutting-edge knowledge, but also personalized instruction and an engaging online learning environment. Classes also offer opportunities for hands-on training and assignments that support individual interests and objectives. Most courses include a required field work component, during which students observe the population in an inclusive or specialized setting; assist in an appropriate capacity; and gain multiple perspectives on their experience through group discussions with faculty and peers.

By earning one of our graduate-level certificates, you put a spotlight on your expertise and demonstrate your commitment to professional development.


Faculty Snapshot

Pavan J. Antony, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Program Director
Dr. Antony was a special education teacher and administrator before earning his doctorate and joining the faculty of the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education. He and his colleague, Dr. Stephen Shore, are the co-authors of the book College for Students with Disabilities: We Do Belong.

Stephen Shore, Ed.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Advisor
Dr. Shore is an internationally recognized expert in autism and autism education, consultant, speaker and author. He has delivered more than 120 presentations in 47 countries and has written three books:

  • Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum
  • Understanding Autism for Dummies

Dr. Shore’s friend and colleague, the renowned autism rights activist Dr. Temple Grandin, Ph.D., has written the forward to each of his books.

More information about Drs. Antony and Shore can be found on our Faculty page.


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Program Benefits

  • Distinguished faculty
  • High-value, in-demand professional credential
  • Learn by doing through our tutorial approach to education
  • Convenient 100 percent online, instructor-led format with classes held every other week
  • Personal, supportive student-centered ethos
  • Advanced ASMD leads to New York State Annotation in Severe or Multiple Disabilities
  • No GRE required for admission

Disclaimer: The purpose of this program is to provide knowledge about autism spectrum disorders. In no way does completion of the courses provide authority to operate as a licensed professional unless doing so within the scope of a professionally licensed practice.



About the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Adelphi’s School of Education is committed to excellence in education and providing opportunities for professional growth by creating authentic academic and field experiences, cultivating respect for the diverse population we serve, embracing ethical practices, and preparing our students to become reflective change agents through research, collaboration and leadership.

Our educational philosophy stresses the value of learning through meaningful activity and reflection within a community of scholars and educators. We recognize learning as a socio-cultural dynamic and as such, our classes are framed within the cultural, historical, and material contexts of the diverse populations we serve. Our philosophy leads to collaborative communities that honor the voices of all and hold the greatest promise for individual as well as collective efficacy.

As lifelong learners themselves, our faculty and administration value creative expression and artistic exploration for personal and professional growth and are committed to recognizing and attending to our students needs through the development of leadership, technological and communication skills.