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Building capacity in communities to improve outcomes for people with autism

Our graduate program is the first and currently the only one that teaches from a range of disciplines including psychology, speech and language pathology, education and occupational therapy. This matters because autism affects all aspects of people’s lives - at home, at school, at work, in the community and throughout their lives. Graduates of this program leave with the skills and capabilities to be a positive force for change for people with autism in their communities.

Students who progress through the Graduate Certificate and graduate from the Masters in Autism Studies programs are eligible to register as a Developmental Educator. Developmental Educators are NDIS approved professionals who supporting individuals on the autism spectrum and their families to achieve their individual developmental, social and learning goals.

The online program is ideal for anyone who wants to further their understanding of autism, whether they are healthcare professionals, teachers, family members or people with autism who want to be at the forefront of autism research and practice. You’ll also be studying with a university that provides a quality educational experience.

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Why study with us?

Cohesive program structure

All of the courses in the program have been carefully developed to be cohesive. Students are introduced to concepts in one course which are then expanded upon in other courses. This provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of the theories and practices and enables them to apply these to a range of situations.

Research-led learning

Griffith University's Autism Centre of Excellence is highly respected within the global autism community, and the academics are recognised as leaders in the field of autism study and research.

As a student, you will learn from the latest research and evidence, ensuring you are at the leading edge of autism study

A rich, engaged learning experience

The teaching team brings experience from psychology, speech and language pathology, education and occupational therapy, and our students are drawn from diverse backgrounds. This creates a rich learning environment for everyone.

Our program is delivered online using digital tutorial technology. It's all recorded so you can study when it suits you. We guide you through the material and discussion forums so you can post questions and share experiences with fellow students.

Global perspective

Autism is a condition that affects people around the world regardless of who they are or where they come from.

The knowledge and skills students gain through the course are applicable around the world.

Kathryn Ambrose

Kathryn Ambrose was a special education teacher who decided to take her studies further. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies and a Master of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith before deciding to embark on a PhD.

She now juggles full-time study and runs her own business, providing educational support to children on the spectrum.

Kathryn is researching anxiety in children with autism, and said further study at Griffith University has offered her a chance to improve real-life social outcomes for kids on the spectrum.

“My research will help add to the bigger picture and help inform how we support kids and their families.”

Kathryn Ambrose

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for new and continuing students.

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Career outcomes

Be equipped to improve the lives of people with Autism.

Students and graduates of Griffith University's Autism Studies program describe it as 'transformative'. As a graduate of the program you will gain the confidence to lead positive change however and wherever that may be. You not only gain knowledge, but you also learn how to apply that knowledge to your situation.

You'll be well prepared to advance into leadership and specialist roles in education, health, government policy, social work and service provision for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Educators with specialised knowledge in providing for the needs of learners with ASDs are in high demand in public and private education sectors such as:

  • Specialist teachers
  • School leaders
  • Curriculum leaders
  • Consultants

You'll also have the option of completing a research masters and following a career in autism research.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Key dates

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Monday 8 March — Saturday 19 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 8 March 2021 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 June.

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Thursday 6 May — Saturday 8 May

Gold Coast Careers and Employment Festival

Tuesday 18 May — Tuesday 18 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 19 May — Wednesday 19 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 20 May — Thursday 20 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 21 May — Saturday 22 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Saturday 17 July — Sunday 18 July

TSXPO

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Monday 19 July — Saturday 30 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 19 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 21 to Saturday 30 October.

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Tuesday 20 July — Tuesday 20 July

Sunshine Coast Careers and Employment Expo

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Friday 23 July — Sunday 25 July

Melbourne Careers and Employment Expo

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Sunday 8 August — Sunday 8 August

Open Day

Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses

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Monday 13 September — Monday 13 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 15 September — Wednesday 15 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 16 September — Thursday 16 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 17 December — Thursday 23 December

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