Why Elms for your certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders?

  • Gain expertise in working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Take the next step to prepare for certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Elms College created one of the country’s first Master of Science in Autism Spectrum Disorders Program. This 36 credit certificate program will teach students how to work with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.

Highlights of the Curriculum

  • The role of ABA and ASD
  • Other treatment options in ASD
  • Communication deficits and training
  • Social communication
  • Pragmatic language
  • IEP writing and implementation


Upon completion students will be eligible to pursue certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, with other eligibility requirements. This degree also has an optional track to pursue licensing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with other eligibility requirements. University Approved Practicum courses are offered for students in the CAGS in ASD Program.

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Click to view course requirements for the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate.

Core Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
ABA 7001Theoretical Foundations
ABA 7002Principles of ABA
ABA 7100Research Methods
ABA 7003Assessment in ABA
ABA 7004Behavioral Interventions
ABA 7101Behavioral Consultation
ABA 7102Professional Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis
ASD 7001Intro to ASD or ABA 6909 Special Topics Current Trends in Childhood Disorders
Electives12 Credits of Electives12