Graduate Catalog 2020-2021

Autism Spectrum Disorders (Advanced Certificate)

Program Coordinator: 

Professor Kristen Gillespie-Lynch

Building 4S, Room 234

Email: kristen.gillespie@csi.cuny.edu

Telephone: 718.982.4121

The Advanced Certificate Program in Autism consists of 12 credits (four 3-credit courses). The coursework and fieldwork opportunities will reflect a range of educational approaches and services available for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The approach is eclectic and will include, but not be limited to, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), natural learning paradigms, relationship-based developmental models, and common practices of teaching in the field of ASD. Various philosophical, educational, psychological, and clinical paradigms will be incorporated. Throughout the curriculum, whenever appropriate, the counseling needs of families with individuals with ASD will also be addressed. We will also critically evaluate controversial popular but unproven alternative treatments. The curriculum will consist of lectures by faculty, readings of the professional literature, in-class discussions (with faculty and students), on-site observations and fieldwork under close supervision. The program was developed to provide additional education and training to post-baccalaureate students (with bachelor’s or master’s degree) in order to enable them to work with individuals with ASD and their families at a heightened level of expertise.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Advanced Certificate Requirements

Applications for an admission for the fall semester are due on April 1.

  1. An applicant must have completed, as a minimum, an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Education, Speech-Language Pathology, Science, Letters, & Society, or a related field, or be a current student in a Master degree program (e.g., Education, Mental Health Counseling, Neuroscience & Developmental Disabilities). Additional coursework may be required to make up for any deficiencies in background, as will be determined by an admissions committee for the program. (The admissions committee comprises faculty members from the School of Education and the Psychology department.)
  2. An applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in the undergraduate major and a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0. Applicants whose undergraduate grade-point averages are below the minimum of 3.0 may submit a letter of appeal to the program coordinator; however, such appeals will be granted only under extraordinary circumstances. Applicants appealing for admission must present documentation demonstrating their ability to succeed in the program and may be required to take additional credits in undergraduate liberal arts and science courses, as prescribed by the program coordinator, in which they must earn grades no lower than 3.0 (B).
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Current résumé detailing all relevant past and present professional employment, experience, memberships, and related service.
  5. A cover letter describing the applicant’s relevant experience as well as the reason and motivation for applying for the Advanced Certificate.

Admission Requirements for Non-CUNY Students:

Applications for an admission for the fall semester are due on April 1.

  1. An applicant must have completed, as a minimum, an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Education, Speech-Language pathology, Science, Letters, & Society, or a related field, or be a current student in a Master degree program (e.g., Education, Mental Health Counseling, Neuroscience & Developmental Disabilities). Additional coursework may be required to make up for any deficiencies in background, as will be determined by an admissions committee for the program. (The admissions committee comprises faculty members from the School of Education and the Psychology department.)
  2. An applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in the undergraduate major and a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0. Applicants whose undergraduate grade-point averages are below the minimum of 3.0 may submit a letter of appeal to the program coordinator; however, such appeals will be granted only under extraordinary circumstances. Applicants appealing for admission must present documentation demonstrating their ability to succeed in the program and may be required to take additional credits in undergraduate liberal arts and science courses, as prescribed by the program coordinator, in which they must earn grades no lower than 3.0 (B).
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Current résumé detailing all relevant past and present professional employment, experience, memberships, and related service.
  5. A cover letter describing the applicant’s relevant experience as well as the reason and motivation for applying for the Advanced Certificate.

Requirements for CUNY Students to Register for ASD Courses:

  1. An applicant must have completed, as a minimum, an undergraduate degree in psychology, education, speech-language pathology, Science, Letters, & Society, or a related field, or be a current student in a Master degree program (e.g., Education, Mental Health Counseling, Neuroscience & Developmental Disabilities). Additional coursework may be required to make up for any deficiencies in background, as will be determined by an admissions committee for the program. (The admissions committee comprises faculty members from the School of Education and the Psychology department.)
  2. An applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in the undergraduate major and a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0. Applicants whose undergraduate grade-point averages are below the minimum of 3.0 may submit a letter of appeal to the program coordinator; however, such appeals will be granted only under extraordinary circumstances. Applicants appealing for admission must present documentation demonstrating their ability to succeed in the program and may be required to take additional credits in undergraduate liberal arts and science courses, as prescribed by the program coordinator, in which they must earn grades no lower than 3.0 (B).

Continuation Requirements and Award of Certificate

Each student must maintain an average of 3.0 in the four core courses in order to be awarded the Certificate. Students who drop below a 3.0 average may continue in the Program but may not be awarded the Certificate. No grade in an individual course may be below 2.0 for the Certificate to be awarded. If a student earns a grade below 3.0 (and above 2.0) in one of the four core courses, s/he will be encouraged to retake the course in order to meet the minimum grade average of 3.0. Each student must conduct him/herself in an ethical manner both professionally and personally. Serious breaches in ethics or professionalism will result in expulsion from the Program and a denial of being awarded the Certificate.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Advanced Certificate Requirements

Certificate Requirements

ASD 701Autism Spectrum Disorders: Contemporary Issues

3

ASD 702Treatment Approaches, Applications, & Methods for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Part I

3

ASD 703Treatment Approaches, Applications, & Methods for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Part 2

3

ASD 704Contemporary Approaches to Assessment & Intervention of Speech, Language, & Communication Development in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

3

Total Credit Hours: 12