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Online Autism Endorsement

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Better the lives of your students

Fully online coursework

Relevant, experiential curriculum

Small classes

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  • Duration 1 year
  • Cost per credit $824
  • Credit hours 9

Program Benefits

  • No GRE required
  • Expert faculty
  • Relevant coursework

Better meet the needs of your students by earning an online certificate

With Brenau University’s Autism Endorsement, you’ll take the career you love to the next level. This program is designed to give you relevant knowledge to teaching diverse learners in a traditional classroom setting or online, and our faculty are experts in the field. Upon graduation, you’ll have skills that will set you apart from the competition and help you pursue your goals with confidence.

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Learn to help your students better

About 37,600 openings for special education teachers are projected each year,1 and with the right degree, you can become an ideal candidate. Upon graduation from Brenau’s Autism Endorsement program, you’ll be prepared to teach with more confidence and increase your pay while continuing to work with diverse learners.

Learn vital leadership skills

9 credit hours

3 core courses

Our curriculum is designed to give you the latest insights into teaching diverse learners in a world that’s constantly changing. The program highlights key skill sets like communication and behavioral understanding to give you confidence as an educator to help those who need it most.

Course highlights:

  • SE 701 Nature & Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • SE 702 Assessment & Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • SE 703 Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

It’s always a good time to apply

No GRE/GMAT required

No application fee

The online Autism Endorsement offers two start dates per year, so you can apply anytime and start your education as soon as possible. With no application fee, you can apply risk-free. To apply to Brenau’s online Autism Endorsement program, you’ll need:

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university
Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
A level 4 teaching certificate and one year of teaching experience
Official transcripts for all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
Copy of updated professional resume/curriculum vitae
Admission Details

We strive to make your education affordable

$824 per credit hour

1 year duration

By choosing Brenau, you’re investing in a degree that will set you on a path to a successful career. Along with affordable tuition, you can pursue federal financial aid to make your education even more cost-effective.

Tuition Details

About our dedicated, supportive faculty

Faculty members at Brenau are dedicated to helping you succeed. Most classes feature a small student-to-faculty ratio, so you can get to know your professors and their unique areas of expertise. As you broaden your professional network, you’ll have the mentorship and support of our faculty throughout your program.

Doctor Laura Cantu

Dr. Laura Cantu

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Cantu agrees with the cultural-historical theories of Vygotsky and his Zone of Proximal Development, Jean Piaget’s emphasis on the importance of play in the learning process and John Dewey’s emphasis on the importance of experiential education both inside and outside the classroom. These philosophies and beliefs are important in the realm of teacher education. Dr. Cantu brings a unique, pragmatic perspective and philosophy to the arena of teacher education due to 35 years of successful classroom teaching, primarily to student populations with special needs.

Dr. Cantu develops and teaches courses at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. She serves the university as a member of the Institutional Review Board and the Campus Connections Committee. Dr. Cantu acts as chair and/or subject matter expert for dissertation committees for EdD students. She also represents the College of Education in an initiative to take faculty and students to Moultrie, Georgia, to work with the children of migrant farmworkers and assist in a multi-university health initiative for the migrant farmworkers, in conjunction with physical therapy and psychology students from Brenau University.

What you’ll learn

The coursework in the online Autism Certificate will teach you the knowledge and skills you need to better communicate with the diverse learners in your classroom.

Program outcomes

With Brenau’s online Autism Certificate, you can:

  • Develop knowledge and skills necessary to assess academic, communication and social needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Develop and implement Functional Behavior Assessments and Individual Behavior Plans focusing on proactive strategies for positive social and academic behavior
  • Complete your certificate 100% online
  • Thrive in small classes, which allow you to work directly with faculty members, who have experience working as public or private school educators or administrators

Online learning

At Brenau, you will learn in small classes, which gives you plenty of opportunities to ask questions and receive one-on-one support from your professors. With flexible scheduling and online delivery, we make education fit into your busy life. Our programs respond to the needs of today’s students, so you’ll receive the education you need to become a leader who makes a difference. From here, you can.

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Frequently asked questions

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You can complete the program in as little as one year. To see the curriculum, view our program page.

Tuition is $824 per credit hour. You’ll need to complete nine credit hours for a total tuition of $7,416. You can review all costs on our program page.

There are no entrance exams required for this certificate.

The requirements for the Autism Endorsement:

  • A completed online application
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum one year full-time teaching experience
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative college GPA
  • Official transcripts from each school you’ve attended
  • Copy of updated professional resume/curriculum vitae.
  • A level 4 teaching certificate and at least one year of teaching experience

You’ll complete nine credit hours to earn the online Autism Endorsement.

Those who hold an Autism Endorsement often pursue education and teaching careers. Learn more about your career options by visiting our program page.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Occupational Outlook Handbook: Special Education Teachers.” Retrieved March 15, 2023, from