Education (Autism Spectrum Conditions)

Professional Certificate

A teacher with two autism spectrum condition students

We are currently not accepting applications for this course. Please check with us regarding the next intake.

Designed to meet the learning needs of professionals working with students with autism spectrum conditions, our Professional Certificate in Education (Autism Spectrum Conditions) provides the skills and knowledge required to understand the needs of these students.

You will learn how to assess and enhance your students' social and communicative skills, tailor research-validated educational interventions that enhance your students' learning and promote positive behaviour.

Have an enquiry? Course brochure (416kb PDF)

Entry requirements

  • An appropriate undergraduate degree and an appropriate fourth-year level education qualification, or equivalent, with at least one year of relevant professional experience in a content area, or
  • An appropriate four-year education degree, or equivalent, with at least one year of relevant professional experience in a content area.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course structure

  • Course code: PR-EDASC
  • 1 year part-time
  • 25 points of coursework, comprising 2 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects:
    • Promoting Positive Behaviour
    • Autism Intervention.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Professional Certificate in Education (Autism Spectrum Conditions).


This course will enable you to:

  • review, contrast and unify perspectives on learning and curriculum approaches for students with autism
  • critically analyse the concept of 'challenging behaviour' in relation to autism spectrum conditions
  • investigate the functional relationship between environment and behaviour in relation to students with autism
  • consider the communicative function of behaviour
  • critically analyse intervention practices in relation to trans-disciplinary evidence
  • develop a range of instructional strategies that cater for the array of learning and behavioural needs within autism spectrum conditions
  • initiate and implement constructive change in your school environment regarding the knowledge and skills required to work effectively with students with autism spectrum conditions.

How to apply

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start-year intake, 2019


Round 1: closes 18 October 2018


Round 1: closes 27 September 2018

Mid-year intake, 2018


Round 1: closes 31 May 2018

Round 2: closes 22 June 2018

Round 3: closes 5 July 2018


Final round: closes 8 June 2018

Applications for the 2018 Mid-year intake of the Master of Instructional Leadership have closed.

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.