Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Autism has become a focus of attention for the general public, families, and schools. There is a growing interest in understanding autism, developing education programs and supports, and providing opportunities for inclusion of individuals with autism into their communities.

The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Certificate is supported by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Russell J. and Betty Jane Shaw Fund. It is a 15 credit multidisplinary undergraduate certificate which draws on courses offered by the departments of Exceptional Education, Educational Psychology, Psychology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Health Sciences and Movement.

Career Opportunities

This certificate is designed to serve as a foundation for the pursuit of potential careers in special education or therapeutic service provision in community based agencies. The course work and field experiences are designed to increase the knowledge and awareness of individuals who live and work with individuals with ASD in different 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, Cchool, and Community Settings
Individuals Interested In Learning More About ASD


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 UW-Milwaukee or any other accredited college or university.

If NOT a current UW-Milwaukee student you will need to apply to the university as a visiting student. Interested students will need to have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher


For certificate requirements and other information, please download the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Certificate Brochure (PDF)

Awarding of the Certificate

Students need to successfully complete the 15 credits with grades of C or better and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher. Current undergraduate students who successfully complete the requirements will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students who already have a bachelor's degree will receive the certificate upon completion of the requirements. The certificate is posted on the transcript not mailed.