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ASD Program & Application Information

How do I apply?

  1. Go to to complete the online Graduate Application. There is a $50.00 non-refundable application fee (paid with credit card online as part of your Graduate Application). For international students, the application fee is $70.00.
  2. Click “Albuquerque Campus Applications”.  
  3. Click “Graduate Application”. It will take you to Graduate & Professional Program page.    
  4. Create an account. Follow the Submission Instructions below and submit your online application. Every degree or certificate program needs a separate application.  Even if you are a current student, this step still needs to be completed for the ASD Certificate.

Submission Instructions:

  • Write a one-page letter of intent, addressing why you are interested in Autism Spectrum Disorder and how you will benefit from this graduate certificate.
  • Submit one (un)official transcript from each college you have attended, except UNM. 
  • Complete and attach the Special Education Department Application form. (If you cannot put the special application program application in the online forms, email it to or hand deliver it to the Special Education Advisement Office, Hokona Rm. 103.
  • Obtain three letters of recommendation. Letters from professors or supervisors are preferred. If you are already in a UNM Special Education program, letters from your original application file that are less than three years old are acceptable.

Questions?  Contact Suzie McCalmant-Garcia, our Graduate Program Coordinator at 277-5018 or

Program Requirements 

Required Course Work: 18 Credit Hours

  • SPCD 519       The Application of Applied Behavior Analysis in the Special Education Classroom
  • SPCD 552       Teaching Students with Intellectual Disability and Severe Disabilities
  • SPCD 582       Teaching Students with Intensive Communication Needs
  • SPCD 583       Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • SPCD 584       Research and Teaching/Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • SPCD 595       Advanced Field Experience

In addition to the required coursework, each student in the Graduate Certificate in ASD will be required to complete a Capstone Project that demonstrates synthesis of theory, professional literature, and application to practice in ASD. 

All six courses must be taken at UNM. Courses taken at other universities will not count toward this certificate.