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Autism Technician Technical Diploma

Program Code: 315223

The Autism Technician Technical Diploma prepares qualified individuals to work directly with persons with autism in a variety of settings including home and school. Duties include collecting and examining data; implementing strategies and techniques to promote educational and social success; and providing vocational and functional living skills to support persons with autism. The Autism Technician Technical Diploma is designed for behavior technicians, line therapists, child care teachers, paraeducators, teachers, parents, relatives and caregivers. The Autism Technician Technical Diploma includes hours as an internship directly working with persons with autism.

Follow Your Path

Some credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• Foundations of Teacher Education, 105222
Some credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this technical diploma:
• Introduction to Paraeducator Careers, 615221
• All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this technical diploma:
Early Childhood - Autism, 9030713


Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment as a behavior technician, line therapist, paraeducator, assistant teachers in child care settings, nannies.

Graduates Work As: . Behavior technician, line therapists, paraeducators, paraprofessionals, teaching assistants, instructional assistants, early childhood assistant teachers, nannies.

Typical Activities Include: . Follow senior behavior technician plans in home or community setting, and support individual personal hygiene needs.Monitor clients, assist clients one-one, collect data, manage behavior and use communication systems.


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• It is necessary to show good health as evidenced by a medical examination including TB test within 90 days to beginning practicum classes.
• Students should have mastered basic math before entering this program. For a description of basic math, see the Basic Education section of this catalog.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Complete Caregiver Background Check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Students following the study plan below will complete the Autism Technician Technical Diploma in the number of semesters shown. Courses are offered online, and may be taken in any order as long as prerequisites are met. Some courses are offered in-person. Below is a suggested timeline:
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-307-200 AUTISM: SPECTRUM DISORDER ...terminology, genetic and brain structure differences, types of autism, diagnostics and treatment touching on supports.
10-804-134 MATHEMATICAL REASONING ...This course provides an alternative pathway to earning credit for a college level liberal arts mathematics course. All college students, regardless of their college major, need to be able to make reasonable decisions about fiscal, environmental, and health issues that require quantitative reasoning skills. An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Arith score greater/equal to 250 AND Rdg score greater/equal to 250; OR TABE A 9/10 Math greater/equal to 12.7 AND Rdg greater/equal to 8.8; OR TABE 11/12 Math greater/equal to 780 AND Rdg greater/equal to 567; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-522-104 EDU: TECHNOLOGY/MEDIA RESOURCES ...develop knowledge and skills in the area of media and computer resources as it relates to the paraeducator. Students will gain experience creating and using web tools including electronic portfolios.
10-307-201 AUTISM: TEACHING METHODS ...learning styles, adaptations and modifications and structured teaching methods.
10-522-124 EDU: SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES delivered to students with special education needs, supportive and related services, law, individual educational programs, various instructional formats, and alternative instructional techniques and programs. (Corequisite: 10-522-107, EDU: Overview of Special Education)
10-522-101 EDU: TEAMWORK IN SCHOOL SETTING ...working together is paramount in helping all children learn. This introductory course will define the role and responsibilities of the instructional assistant. School and educational policies, ethical and moral responsibilities, group dynamics and Wisconsin tribal rights will also be explored. Emphasis placed on collaborating with a team comprised of diverse members. Service-Learning hours will be required for this course.
10-522-135 AUTISM TECHNICIAN INTERNSHIP preparation and interviewing, employment orientation and training, shadowing senior therapists as well as supervised practical hands-on experience applying skills developed in the program at an approved site.
10-307-202 AUTISM: TRANSITION & BEYOND ...vocational support, functional living skills and methods for supporting adults with ASD.
10-307-171 ECE: BEHAVIOR EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES rapport, create supportive environments; demonstrate/define social-emotional teaching/guidance strategies; assess challenging behaviors; describe diagnoses; develop individualized guidance plans; communicate team approaches including all children.
10-522-136 AUTISM TECHNICIAN ADVANCED INTERNSHIP ...practical hands-on experience applying skills developed in the program at an approved site. (Prerequisites: 10-522-135, Autism Technician Internship)
Curriculum Note
. Internship courses require students to work in the community with supervision as an autism behavior technician, in addition to course work. Students with NWTC Faculty guidance will arrange internships. Students are required to achieve a grade of “C” or higher in the internship courses to continue in or graduate from this program.
. Completed and cleared criminal record check (via CastleBranch) and medical exam and TB Test are required prior to starting the internships. Students are required to have a valid driver's license, insurance and access to a vehicle. Wisconsin Caregiver Law - NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (2009 WISCONSIN ACT 76). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through A fee is charged for this service. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a "C" or better.
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-522-XXX and 10-307-XXX courses to successfully graduate the Autism Technician Technical Diploma. A student must repeat the particular course until a "C" or better final grade is earned. If the course is sequential, the successful retake must occur before continuing the sequence.

Program Outcomes

• Discriminate between the various diagnoses collectively known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
• Analyze the impact of early intervention on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
• Implement positive behavior supports students identified on the Autism Spectrum.
• Foster play and friendship for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
• Demonstrate a variety of effective teaching methods, adaptations and modifications for learners identified on the Autism Spectrum.
• Examine functional living skills and vocational support for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Study Abroad Opportunities

• The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.