The Graduate Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate program is an interdisciplinary certificate where the broad goal is to provide a foundation in the causes and characteristics of ASD, and interventions in various areas (e.g., communication, sensory needs, etc.). In addition, this certificate addresses challenges with assessment and early identification of children with ASD in diverse communities. The elective courses address areas related to addressing the unique needs of individuals on the spectrum, such as their language development needs and behavioral needs.
Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.
- Applicants with a graduate degree must have a minimum 3.0 graduate grade point average.
- Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
- All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application.
- Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
- Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted into a certificate program.
Credits and Courses
This certificate program requires a minimum of 15 credits. Students take two required courses and then, in consultation with the Program Coordinator, choose their remaining 9 elective credits from one or more disciplines.
|EXCEDUC 760||Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders||3|
|EXCEDUC 761||Methods for Working with Individuals with Autism||3|
|Courses may be taken in one discipline or across discipline areas. Select 9 credits from the list of options below.||9|
or EXCEDUC 671G
|Behavior Support & Intervention for Mid/High Students with Disabilities|
|Critical Issues in Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities|
|Academic/Social Challenges of Individuals with ASD: Adv. Interventions|
|Field Work: Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders 1|
|Applied Behavior Analysis|
|Field Placement in Psychology|
|Communication Sciences & Disorders|
|Language Assessment and Intervention|
|Assessment and Intervention in Augmentative and Alternative Communication|
|Special Populations in Communication Disorders|
|Advanced Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology:|
|Independent Studies (In conjunction with content elective)|
|Child and Family Services|
|Families and Poverty|
|Individual Behavior and Social Welfare|
|Child and Adolescent Psychopathology|
|Social Work Boundaries and Ethics in Professional Practice|
|Development of the Family Over the Life Span|
|Trauma Counseling I: Theory and Research|
|Trauma Counseling II: Diagnosis and Treatment|
|Topics in Occupational Therapy: (any open to non-OT students)|
|Introduction to Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology|
|Design and Disability|
|Occupational Therapy with Children and Families|
|Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology|
Prerequisites EXCEDUC 760 & EXCEDUC 761; may be taken concurrently with EXCEDUC 761.
No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. Courses will be considered for transfer into the certificate program only if the applicant can provide ample, acceptable evidence that the course taken is substantially the same as the course being substituted. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program.
Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.
Articulation with Degree Programs
- Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
- Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
- All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in PhD programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
- Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
- Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
- A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
- Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.
Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:
- 18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
- 19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.