Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist Certificate

This certificate is designed to provide teachers, counselors, and other professionals with specialized training in working with students with autism.
Degree Type Certificate
Careers & Salaries Certificate Outcomes
Delivery Online

Demand is high for trained special education professionals who specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Specialist Certificate is 100% online and through four courses prepares you with the skills to understand the effects of ASD on individuals and their families, to complete Functional Behavior Assessments and create Behavior Intervention Plans, and implement best practices in teaching and supporting our students with ASD in their schools, homes, and communities.

Program Highlights

  • Four required courses
  • Emphasis on evidence-based teaching strategies and research-based practices.
  • Focus on Applied Behavior Analysis and sensorimotor interventions.
  • Positive strategies for preventing and managing meltdowns.
  • Child-centered approaches that focus on social, emotional, and cognitive functioning of students with ASD.

Certificate Courses

SPED-472 Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 cr.)
A foundation for understanding individuals with Autism spectrum Disorders (ASD) and its effect on the individuals’ life and learning, through a comprehensive overview of the history, current literature, and best practices.

SPED-473 Behavioral Interventions and Positive Behavior Supports (3 cr.)
Study functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and behavioral intervention planning (BIP) for individualized behavior problems for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities in the PK-12 educational setting. Focus on assessment skills to produce data-driven environmental modifications, pro-social replacement behaviors, consequence strategies, and home-school collaboration.

SPED-474 Augmentative Communication and Social Skills (3 cr.)
Review current literature in supporting communication and social skills for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; including best practices in assessment and implementation of augmentative and alternative communication interventions.

SPED-475 Assessment and Methodology of Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 cr.)
Critical review of assessment methods used in the identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Formal and informal assessment results are utilized to create an intervention plan that is responsive to the student’s individual needs.

Admission Requirements and Application Materials

To apply to the certificate program, please complete the online application form.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition is due per course, not the entire cost at the beginning.
  • Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state, and international students.
  • Tuition Due Dates

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.


Certificate Requirements

The certificate is an alternative credential for individuals seeking to obtain new knowledge and skills.