Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability, now affecting 1 in 68 American children, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

As the numbers have grown, so has the interest in understanding autism, developing education programs and supports, and better integrating individuals with autism into their communities.

UWM’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate provides valuable training and knowledge to educators and therapists who are interested in specializing in this growing field. It is a 15-credit multidisciplinary undergraduate certificate that draws on courses offered by the departments of Exceptional Education, Educational Psychology, Psychology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Health Sciences and Movement. It is supported by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Russell J. and Betty Jane Shaw Fund.

Why Choose Our Program?

This certificate delivers a strong foundation for students who wish to pursue careers in special education or therapeutic services in community-based agencies. But the course work and field experiences will benefit individuals who live and work with ASD in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Special and general education teachers
  • Childcare workers
  • Job coaches
  • Birth to Three staff
  • Family members caring for individuals with ASD
  • Therapist working with children in home, school and community settings
  • Individuals interested in learning more about ASD

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Certificate Brochure (PDF)

Admissions and Eligibility

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate is intended to enhance a bachelor’s degree. It is open to all undergraduate students at UW-Milwaukee and to students who previously have received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university.

If you’re NOT a current UWM student, you will need to apply to the university as a visiting student. Interested students will need a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Gainful Employment

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate is subject to gainful employment regulations.

See also: Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information


For More Information

Tamara Badura
Enderis Hall 217
(414) 229-2472

Terrance Paape
Enderis Hall 215