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Autism Technical Diploma

Program Code: 315223

The Autism Technician technical diploma program 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 support for persons with autism. The Autism 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 in a practicum placement directly working with persons with autism.

Follow Your Path

All credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• Foundations of Teacher Education, 105222
All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this technical diploma:
• Introduction to Paraeducator Careers, 615221
• 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: . Supervising classroom and playground activities, monitoring students, assisting student one-one, collecting data, managing student behavior, supporting individual needs of all students, using communication systems, following teacher or senior behavior technicians learning plans at school or in home setting, and supporting individual personal hygiene needs.


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 TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
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Application Checklist

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. Below is a suggested timeline:
10-307-200 AUTISM: SPECTRUM DISORDER ...terminology, genetic and brain structure differences, types of autism, diagnostics and treatment touching on supports.
10-307-201 AUTISM: TEACHING METHODS ...learning styles, adaptations and modifications and structured teaching methods.
10-522-101 IA: 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.
10-522-104 IA: 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.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...presents learners with exposure to the language of responsibility with an emphasis on two tracks-soft (employability) and learning skills to enhance lifelong learning in academic, career, and personal settings. Course curriculum provides application and reflection of On Course strategies and vocabulary emphasizing the value of a growth mindset. Students should take this course during the first semester of college.
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.
10-307-202 AUTISM: TRANSITION & BEYOND ...vocational support, functional living skills and methods for supporting adults with ASD.
10-522-124 IA: 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, IA: Overview of Special Education)
Curriculum Note
. Required 108 hours in classroom or home setting under supervision of K-12 teacher or Senior Behavior Therapist. NWTC Faculty arranges practicum settings for/with students. Students are required to achieve a grade of “C” or higher in the practicum courses to continue in or graduate from this program.
. Completed criminal record check and medical exam are required prior to starting the practicums.
. 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.
. Practicum courses require student teaching in the community, in addition to course work. NWTC Faculty arranges practicum settings for/with students. Students are required to complete a minimum of 108 hours in each practicum placement. It is recommended that students take one practicum per semester. Students are required to achieve a grade of "C" or better in the practicum courses to continue in or graduate from this program. Read more about Practicums online.

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.
• Examine strategies in reducing negative behaviors in persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
• Foster play and friendship for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
• Explore a variety of effective teaching methods, adaptations, and modifications for learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
• Examine functional living skills and vocational support for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.



• 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 accepted into this program must complete a Background Information Disclosure form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry and annually for the remainder of the program. The information provided in the Background Information Disclosure form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. 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.

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.