The Autism and Significant Support Needs Certificate Program is designed for persons holding a current license in special education, or equivalent. It is also available to students in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program with concentration in Special Education. The goal of the certificate program is to increase the number of well-trained personnel in the areas of autism and significant support needs by providing a curriculum designed to meet the needs of school professionals teaching in these areas. Students completing the Autism and Significant Support Needs Certificate will be well equipped to work with individuals with severe needs.
Certificate Program Requirements
Students must have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in Special Education, Special Education Generalist license, or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution; or be accepted in the Master of Arts in Teaching with concentration in Special Education.
Gaining Acceptance into MSU Denver
- Submit your application (download your Graduate Application)
- Provide all official baccalaureate transcripts
- Visit MSU Denver Graduate Admissions
Gaining Acceptance into the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Certificate Program
- Provide proof of a passing score on the Current Content Area Exam
- See also conditional admission for Master of Arts in Teaching
- Completed fingerprint card and processing fee
- Submit Worker’s Compensation Form
Students must review a certificate program plan with an advisor prior to enrollment, as well as maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00. No grade lower than a B- will be accepted for the program. Students with similar courses in their prior experience may request up to three credits be transferred to meet part of the certificate requirements.
Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program with concentration in Special Education will be able to take the certificate coursework while they are completing the coursework for licensure in special education and may be eligible for financial aid.
Students taking the certificate program after they have achieved licensure and are taking these master’s level courses with conditional admission as a non-degree seeking student will not be eligible for financial aid.