If you teach or are on staff at a college or another post-secondary setting, you are already aware that more and more students with disabilities are pursuing educational and career opportunities after high school. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that nearly 11 percent or slightly more than 1 out of 10 students on college campuses today have some type of disability.

Because colleges, universities, businesses, and vocational and technical schools are now options for those with disabilities, Ball State is offering a graduate-level certificate—available 100 percent online—to help you acquire the knowledge and skills for developing, implementing, and evaluating a continuum of supports that promote equitable access, participation, and educational and career success for individuals with disabilities. 

What It’s Like to Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Disabilities for Post-Secondary Settings with an Emphasis on Autism

Our graduate-level certificate in disabilities for post-secondary settings with an emphasis on autism provides you with practical strategies and application opportunities to support your commitment to helping individuals with disabilities succeed in professional and educational settings.

This 15-credit certificate teaches you to identify disabilities—particularly invisible disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities.

Often, students with disabilities enter colleges or other post-secondary settings and choose not to disclose their disabilities. Other times, they are unaware of their disability and the accommodations that are available to help them succeed.

Whether you're an educator or a disability professional, or aspire to such careers, this certificate will help you better serve individuals with disabilities.

Course Requirements

The certificate consists of 15 credits:

  • SPCE 600 Education of Exceptional Children (3 credits)
  • SPCE 601 Introduction to Disability Services in the Post-Secondary Setting (3 credit)
  • SPCE 602 Accommodations and Assistive Technology for Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities (3 credits)
  • SPCE 622 Introduction to the Law and Higher Education Issues for Students with Autism (3 credits)
  • SPCE 680 Introduction to Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)

For a complete list of program requirements and courses, see the course catalog.

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Meet Your Advisor

The role of your academic advisor is more than telling you which courses to take. For starters, they are student success specialists, and they are dedicated to your academic success. You’ll work with a specialist from application to graduation.

Contact your student success specialist, who can answer questions you have about our program.

Federal Employees Pay In-State Tuition

Ball State has joined the Federal Academic Alliance and is offering reduced tuition rates for all eligible, non-Indiana resident Federal Government Employees (civil servants), spouses, dependents, and retirees who enroll in online graduate-level programs and courses through Ball State’s Teachers College. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Review deadlines, admission requirements, and application materials, then start your application.

Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, if you are considering a program that leads to professional licensure, some states may have additional regulations. Review our state authorization website if you live outside of Indiana and contact us if you have questions.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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