Certificates & Certifications

Messiah College Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

This option is designed for individuals with a desire to learn more about teaching children and adolescents with autism. This may include those who teach in private schools, teach abroad, and those who work with individuals with ASD and their families in ministry, law, business, medicine or social service agencies.

As the Center for Disease Control’s National Center on Birth Defects continues to track the occurrence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) within the United States, it has marked a 23 percent increase in cases since 2009. That roughly translates to one in 88 children being impacted by ASD. As diagnostic tools become more enhanced, and as parents and guardians become more aware of the condition and its wide spectrum, that statistic is expected to grow.

Messiah College’s ASD certificate program provides relevant, practical and current instruction to meet the needs of an ever-evolving population. This nondegree, 12-credit program provides online graduate- level coursework that includes: skill-building instruction on how ASD impacts learning; ways to build positive learning environments; how to use evidence-based instructional strategies; assessing and managing behavior; and methods for tapping into community resources.

The benefits to those who participate in this program are far-reaching. Individuals who currently teach in a private school, preschool, ministry, or community agencies are well-suited to this course of study, as are family members of those with ASD. The ASD program is designed to improve the skills needed for the complex situations that can arise with children and adolescents with ASD.