Program Details

Bethel’s Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Certificate program was designed with your busy schedule in mind.

You can earn your certificate in just 9 months with your choice of program format—fully online or a blend of classroom and online learning.

Online Program

Students in the online program take a total of 3 online courses over 9 months. They also complete a field experience within the school where they’re employed as part of the final course.

  • Fall course (3 credits)
  • Spring course (3 credits)
  • Summer course (3 credits) and field experience (1 credit)

Hybrid Program

Students in the hybrid program enjoy online courses that include face-to-face classroom sessions at Bethel’s main campus—completing a total of 3 courses and a field experience in the school where they’re employed.

  • Fall course (3 credits) - Includes 1 Saturday classroom session
  • Spring course (3 credits) - Includes 1 Saturday classroom session
  • Summer course (3 credits) Includes 3 weeknight classroom sessions and 1-credit field experience


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    Who Should Apply

    Our program is designed for licensed special education teachers and other related special education professionals looking to expand their career opportunities and better serve their students.

    In some circumstances, other professionals are considered if their current role relates to serving students with ASD.

    Licensure Details

    This is a certificate program only. When the new ASD license has been approved by the state of Minnesota, we will change this program to a licensure program.

    Any students going through the certificate program will be able to get the ASD license with some minor additions to the ASD certificate. Contact the program director if you have specific questions related to this.