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Autism Program Options

How will you make a difference for individuals with special needs? The CDC estimates one in 45 children in New Jersey has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To address the growing demand across the country for trained professionals in this field, Monmouth offers several programs specializing in autism:

Our graduate degree and certificate programs produce teachers who change lives. You will learn directly from distinguished faculty members who stay up-to-date on trends in the field of education by partnering with organizations such as the Autism MVP Foundation, as well as regularly hosting Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) roundtables. Monmouth’s commitment to professional development, transformative learning, and innovative teaching practices all contribute to positioning our students as leaders on the cutting edge of the education field.

By specializing in autism, you will master the assessment tools and evidence-based practices required to meet the needs of individuals with ASD. Our flexible online programs will prepare you to teach students with autism while helping them to achieve their greatest potential.


MSEd: Special Education – Autism/Applied Behavior Analysis

As the only program of its kind in New Jersey, our 39-credit online degree combines the core MSEd Autism track curriculum with six courses from our Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) certificate. By specializing in ABA, you will learn to implement scientifically based techniques and principles that encourage positive behavior change in individuals with ASD. Graduates of this program will be prepared to sit for the Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) exam.

Housed in Monmouth’s School of Education, this cohort-based program is designed, taught, and maintained by our veteran teaching professionals. With experience working in all levels of education, our distinguished faculty have the knowledge and connections to produce the next generation of thought leaders in education. While studying to become BCBAs, our students benefit from personalized learning, a rigorous curriculum, and a variety of networking opportunities.

As the national autism rate continues to rise, BCBAs are in high demand. Research indicates that students with ASD are struggling in areas related to academics, social skills, communication, behavior, and self-determination. To meet the needs of individuals with autism throughout school systems, BCBAs perform functional behavior assessments, work closely with district staff including teachers and speech language pathologists, and develop goals related to behavior reduction and skill acquisition.

Professionals who hold both a master’s degree and BCBA certification may find work as supervisors, directors, and trainers in hospitals, clinics, private practices, community settings, homes, and schools.


MSEd: Special Education – Autism

This fully online, 30-credit program provides in-depth instruction on laws and policies, evidence-based practices, behavior management, assessment, and research related to teaching and working with children and adults with ASD. Fieldwork requirements within each course will complement your studies while providing hands-on experience in conducting assessments and interventions related to behavior change and skill acquisition with students on the autism spectrum. After completion of the program, you will be prepared to work with and create educational programming for individuals with ASD.


Certificate in Autism

Monmouth’s 18-credit online certificate prepares teachers to design and implement educational services for children with autism. Coursework will focus on identifying students with autism, addressing challenging behaviors, utilizing research to inform practice, and related laws and policies.

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires that we disclose certain information about academic programs that do not lead to a degree (e.g., certificate programs) but that prepare a student for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The Graduate Certificate in Autism program at Monmouth University is defined as a gainful employment program. Click here to review the required disclosures. Should you require additional information about these gainful employment disclosures, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Autism Program Contact

For any questions about Monmouth’s Autism programs, please contact:

Stacy Lauderdale-Littin, PhD, BCBA-D


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