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Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder


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Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Overview Top of Page

New for 2014, this nine credit intensive program can be completed in one summer at either the undergraduate or graduate level.  You may take one or two courses, or take all three courses to earn the ASD Certificate.

The program focuses on current strategies, internationally effective best practices and recent neurological research.  You will have the opportunity to connect with practitioners and specialists in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder to enhance your teaching and leading in special education.  In addition, develop or enhance your skills and services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The courses that are part of this certificate are aligned with the standards set by the Council for Exceptional Children.

Those who will benefit from this certificate include:

  • Special education teachers
  • K-12 educators
  • Educational administrators
  • Students focusing in education programs
  • School psychologists
  • Applied behavior analysis therapists
  • Personal care assistants
  • And many more!

Course Descriptions Top of Page

SPED 481/681 Sec. 901 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Foundations

This course offers the history, diagnosis, neurobiological basis, diagnosis and definitions, characteristics, legal aspects, prevalence and incidence, and assessment basics of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

SPED 481/681 Sec. 902 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Methods I

This course includes extensive analysis, synthesis and evaluation of critical aspects of designing, programming, teaching, supporting and caring for individuals on the Autism Spectrum to include visual supports, environmental factors, curricular options, instructional strategies, technological supports, alternative therapies and treatment options, collaboration and coordination, material selection and use, data collection and use, and group instruction methodology. This is an applied level course with hands on participation required based on current research in cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychobiology, psychology, social sciences, and education.

SPED 481/681 Sec. 903 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Methods II

This course includes extensive analysis, synthesis and evaluation of critical aspects of designing, programming, teaching, supporting and caring for individuals on the Autism Spectrum to include focus on specialized instruction in language development and processing, social processing, social skills, social thinking, theory of mind, augmented communication, alternative communication, play, sensory integration, sensory dysfunction, sensory accommodations, behavioral functions, behavioral interventions, positive behavioral supports, data collection and use and behavior planning. This is an applied level course with hands on participation required based on current research in cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychobiology, psychology, social sciences, and education.

Course Sections Top of Page

Note: Class Schedule information reflects data as of 10/24/14 11:45 AM.

Note: Class Schedule information reflects data as of 10/24/14 11:45 AM.

Note: Class Schedule information reflects data as of 10/24/14 11:45 AM.

Note: Class Schedule information reflects data as of 10/24/14 11:45 AM.

About the Instructor Top of Page

Dr. Susan Larson KiddDr. Susan Larson Kidd is an educational/behavioral consultant for children and youth with Autism and other learning differences.  She has over 25 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, professor, speaker and author.  She currently provides educational and behavioral services to school districts and agencies in staff training, program evaluation and development, and individual student services.  Additionally, she works with families to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and set up and train for home programming.  Dr. Kidd also runs social skills groups and helps develop plans for transition into adulthood.  Dr. Kidd has been trained in many renowned skill areas such as the Orton Gillingham Method, TEACCH training, Levine's Neurodevelopmental Approach, Sensory Integration Strategies, Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale, SCERTS System, ABA Method, and others.

About ITV Top of Page

ITV (Interactive Television) is a technology that allows students to participate in live classes from remote locations with the use of microphones and active cameras. ITV courses offer an in-class experience to students with a home institution that does not offer the curriculum.

Sites that are currently planning to receive these courses via ITV include Ashland, Hayward and Rhinelander. If you would like to take any of these courses but are not able to attend on campus in Superior or at one of the ITV sites, there may be an opportunity for another site in your area.  Please contact Marna Banks at (715) 394-8469 to inquire about other ITV locations.

Course Fees Top of Page

If you received a brochure for the Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder, please note that there is an error regarding the graduate full certificate rates. Correct tuition rates are listed below.

Full Certificate Tuition Rate

Students interested in taking the full certificate will pay the rates listed below.

WI Undergrad WI Graduate
MN Undergrad
MN Graduate
$1,633.86 $3,820.23 $1,698.30* $4,191.21*

ITV Sections: Add $60 technology fee to each course.

Per Course Tuition Rate

Students interested in taking one or two of the courses will pay the following rates. Note that if you are an undergraduate taking two of the courses it would be beneficial to take all three and earn the certificate as the cost will be the same.

WI Undergrad WI Graduate MN Undergrad MN Graduate
$816.93 $1,273.41 $849.15* $1,397.07*

ITV Sections: Add $60 technology fee to each course.

*Minnesota residents must apply for reciprocity to receive the reduced rates listed.  Visit the registration and fees page for more information.

How to Register Top of Page

If you are able to attend on campus in Superior, use the course information under the "On Campus Sections" tab above when filling in your registration form. To register for an ITV section at a remote site, use the course information under the "ITV Sections" tab.

If you have questions regarding the registration process, contact Dana Luzaich in the Center for Continuing Education at (715) 394-8032.

Current Students: You will need to contact Dana Luzaich at (715) 394-8032 prior to registering if enrolling in multiple courses.  This is necessary to allow you to register for multiple courses in the same session.  If enrolling in all three courses for the certificate, fill out the certificate enrollment form and return it to the Center for Continuing Education in Old Main 102.  If registering for only one course, visit your E-Hive.

Noncurrent Students: Fill out a credit registration form for each course. In addition, fill out the certificate enrollment form if registering for all three courses. Return all forms to:

University of Wisconsin-Superior
Center for Continuing Education
Attn: Dana Luzaich
Belknap and Catlin, PO Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880


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