Degree Details

Degree Type

  • Graduate Certificate Programs

Minimum Requirements

  • 18-26 Credits


  • Hybrid Options Available
  • In-Person


  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time


  • On-Campus
Degree Requirements

If your work focuses on teaching autistic students or students who have emotional or behavioral disorders, the graduate certificate in Autism and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development will prepare you to be an effective teacher who incorporates principles of inclusion in the classroom. Geared toward post-baccalaureate educators, the certificate teaches students about the theories, research, and skills necessary to work effectively with members of these populations. 

In the graduate certificate program, you will learn about autism and emotional/behavioral disorders, their legal definitions, and the impact these disabilities have on students’ performance in schools. You’ll learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate instruction for autistic students and students who have emotional/behavioral disorders. You will also learn to use data to inform decision-making in your classroom, as well as use existing data and current research to guide your practice.

This program has two options: One that leads to the autism endorsement offered by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) (26 credits), and one that does not lead to the Autism Endorsement (18 credits).

Dates & Deadlines

Spring & Fall 2024

Aug 15, 2023

Application Open

Spring 2024 Semester

Dec 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Fall 2024 Semester

Jan 15, 2024

Deadline to Receive Priority Scholarship Consideration

Fall 2024 Semester

Aug 1, 2024

Application Closes

Career Outcomes

Graduates of Boston University’s graduate certificate in Autism & Emotional/Behavioral Disorders are prepared with knowledge and skills to be successful in a variety of professional roles.

  • Teacher
  • Teacher leader
  • Curriculum development specialist
  • Special education educator (in formal and nonformal settings) 
  • Special education advocate
  • Autism advocate

More Information about the Autism & Emotional/Behavioral Disorders Graduate Certificate

Field-Based Experiences

The graduate certificate in Autism & Emotional/Behavioral Disorders requires fieldwork for students not seeking autism endorsement and a practicum for students seeking endorsement.

Master’s Degree Program

Students who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree can explore BU Wheelock’s EdM in Special Education, which includes several options for specializations.

Graduate Admissions

Connect with BU Wheelock to learn more about our graduate certificate program. Get information about admissions deadlines, requirements, and financial assistance. Sign up for one of our upcoming information sessions.

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