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. 

Practical Application Strategies

Our graduate-level certificate in disabilities for post-secondary settings with an emphasis in 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-hour certificate teaches you to identify disabilities—particularly invisible disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities.

Consider the Statistics

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.

Courses You Will Take

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 credit hours)
  • SPCE 680 Introduction to Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)

Take the Next Step

Learn about our admission requirements and how to apply. You can also contact Beth Hawke, graduate advisor, with your questions.