Severe Developmental Disabilities and Autism

Volume 1: 2020.2021

Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

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Advanced Graduate Certificate
18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the School of Education and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Program Description

The advanced graduate certificate in severe developmental disabilities and autism offers a concentrated program of study in the assessment and instruction of children and youth with severe developmental disabilities and autism. The program builds on the knowledge base of special educators who are qualified to teach students with mild and moderate disabilities and extends the capabilities of special educators to provide individualized and appropriate educational opportunities to all children.


  • SPED 5311 Assessment of Functional Skills for Students with Severe Developmental Disabilities and Autism (3 hours)
  • SPED 5312 Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Students with Severe Developmental Disabilities and Autism (3 hours)
  • SPED 5313 Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Students with SDD and Autism (3 hours)
  • SPED 5090 Special Education Practicum: Severe Developmental Disabilities (3 hours)
  • SPED 5290 Co-Teaching and Collaborative Practices for the 21st Century Classroom (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5080 Planning for the Inclusive Classroom (3 hours)


Students who are interested in applying to this program should see the Admission section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Students seeking this advanced graduate certificate must have earned a recognized master's degree with a graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Send all admissions materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119