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Teaching Students with Autism (TSA) Graduate Certificate Program (Non-Degree) – Online

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Accepted applicants of this online certificate program can begin the program any term.

U.S. applicants (outside of Colorado) for online programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.


We recommend that you apply at least 60 days before the start of your first semester, but you can contact the Program Coordinator to confirm upcoming deadlines. Class size is limited. If graduate application deadlines have passed for the upcoming term, you may begin the certificate program before formal graduate school admission by registering for the upcoming course(s).

But to receive the Special Education Graduate Certificate: Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders you must apply and be accepted to the UNC Graduate School. If you desire to register before you have been admitted by the graduate school, please contact the Academic Program Coordinator (contact information is below).

Program Coordinator

Robin Brewer


Application Process

Apply to the UNC Graduate School

  • Choose Graduate Certificate (Non-Degree): Teaching Students with Autism (TSA) (Extended Campus) as your academic program of interest on the application.
  • Follow all graduate school application steps for the application fee and submission of official copies of your transcripts (GRE scores are NOT required for this program).
  • International applicants: please read the additional directions below.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. A completed application typically takes four to six weeks to process.

International Students

All international (non-U.S. citizen) applicants should mark Yes for "Are you an international student?" at the beginning of the graduate application process. In addition to any application steps listed above, you will also need to prepare the following for your application:

  • Demonstration of Language proficiency – either a Qualifying test score (TOEFL iBT: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 60) or a petition for exemption. UNC's institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.
  • Copy of passport bio/photo page * 
  • Financial Documentation * # – we will need to verify that you can pay the estimated costs (tuition, fees, room, board, insurance, books, supplies, travel) for the time you will be in the U.S. Those applying to programs that last longer than 1 year will only need to provide proof for the first year at the time of application.

* = Items marked with * are only required for applicants who will be coming to the United States.

# = Items marked with # are not required with your initial application. You will submit them after you have been admitted to UNC.

For more information about UNC International Admissions and the UNC Center for International Education, please visit the International Admissions site, email international@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2831.


Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
4 terms
$520/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

Robin Brewer


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