Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





0.5 year full-time
1 year part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$10,500.00* per year (more)
* 2020 indicative annual fee

Admission requirements

  • Any Bachelor degree or higher
  • Relevant work experience


Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Next start date

Trimester 1, 2020 (more)

Applications close

Friday, 31 January 2020

Why choose this program?

This degree, offered by the Autism Centre of Excellence, has a multi-disciplinary, whole of life focus. In the Graduate Certificate, you will gain a foundation in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including communication, learning style and behaviour management.

This degree addresses an area of acute need as determined by the Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Queensland Department of Education and Training, and the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

Attendance information

The Graduate Certificate of Autism Studies is only available on a part-time basis.

All of the four core Autism Studies courses are delivered primarily online. The online delivery for each course consists of virtual classroom, electronic readings and discussion boards. There will also be teleconferences and individual email and phone meetings for individual students as required. Autism Studies core courses will involve an intensive session delivered in one intensive workshop each for one day during the length of the course. Attendance in these sessions is strongly recommended, but not required as videos of the sessions will be available online for students who are unable to attend.

My career opportunities

You will be able to provide quality intervention and management for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). You will also be well equipped to advance into leadership and specialist roles in education, health, government policy, social work and service provision for people with ASD and their families.

Educators with specialised knowledge in providing for the needs of learners with ASD are in high demand in public and private education sectors as a specialist teacher, school leader, curriculum leader or consultant. You will also have the option of completing a research masters and following a career in autism research.

Pathways to further study

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies may be eligible to apply for the Master of Autism Studies (5595) or Master of Education and Professional Studies Research (5608).

Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points.

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.

Program fees for the Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies (3270)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 40cp
2020 Fee Band 21.0 $262.50 $10,500.00
2019 Fee Band 20.0 $250.00 $10,000.00
Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

Further information