The Autism Spectrum Certificate program will train students to help persons with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in numerous settings. Potential students include therapists and family members working with children at home, special and general education teachers working with children in school settings, and job coaches working with young adults and adults in the work place.

Through courses, field experiences, and other planned learning experiences, students will critically examine the characteristics, etiology, and prevalence of ASD and related disorders; understand assessment, diagnosis, and intervention; learn how to work with family members of individuals with ASD; understand the language, communication, and social needs of individuals with ASD; and learn to apply interventions.


Certificate Requirements 

Required Core Courses
EXCEDUC 560Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders3
EXCEDUC 561Methods for Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders3
Field Experience
Select one of the following or another field experience approved by the faculty advisor:3
Field Experience in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Psychology Field Placement-Lower Division
Field Placement in Psychology
Choose two:6
Introduction to Learning and Development
Infant and Early Childhood Assessment
Human Development: Theory and Research
The Exceptional Individual
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
American Sign Language III
American Sign Language IV
American Sign Language V
American Sign Language VI
Inclusion for Secondary Educators: Humanities, the Arts, Foreign Language
Child, Learner, Disabilities
Survey of EC Intervention: Young Children with Special Needs, Families
Developmental Evaluation of Young Children with Disabilities
Survey of Communication Disorders
Clinical Process II: Child Language Disorders
Investigating Motor Behavior in Health, Aging, and Disease
Introduction to Conditioning and Learning
Child Psychology
Applied Behavior Analysis
Total Credits15

Undergraduate Advising

Our purpose is to provide collaborative, mentoring relationships which promote educational, career, and professional development. We value a student-centered, holistic, and ethical approach to advising based on strong partnerships with students, faculty and staff, and the larger campus community. We are committed to creating a respectful and supportive environment. We encourage students to be self-reliant through informed decisions and choices based upon dissemination of accurate information. We value our own continuous professional development to enhance the quality of the advising experience.

How to Prepare for an Advising Meeting

  • Review your Advisement Report in PAWS.
  • Come prepared with questions or topics for discussion.
  • Make a list of courses you think you should take.
  • Investigate opportunities to prepare for the job you want.
  • Keep a record of your academic progress.
  • Understand you are ultimately responsible for creating your educational, life, and career plans.
  • Maintain honest and open communication with your advisor.
  • Take responsibility for choices you make as a student and member of the UW-Milwaukee community.

Scheduling an Appointment

Office of Student Services
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(414) 229-4721

Graduate Advising

If you are a School of Education graduate student, you may schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor by contacting your faculty advisor directly. Faculty contact information can be found in the Directory. Your faculty advisor will be listed in your PAWS account.