Autism Technician

30-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code 31-522-3

Learn to teach, supervise and support children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Develop techniques to promote independence and social success for individuals with ASD, explore applicable laws and policies, and learn to work in educational, residential, home or behavioral treatment settings.

How Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in one year.

Start Date

You can begin this program in the fall semester.

How This Program Is Offered

Courses are organized into manageable eight-week segments that meet during evening hours and online.

What Makes This Program Unique

  • Participate in a practical internship supporting individuals with ASD in a school, community or agency setting.
  • Explore a comprehensive curriculum that covers the behavior, sensory and communication needs, and medical aspects of ASD.
  • This program is ideal for those seeking entry-level employment or anyone supporting individuals with ASD.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

Credit for Prior Learning

You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.

How To Apply

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2021 Start

  • Submit application by August 2, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by August 9, 2021

Spring 2021 Start

  • This program cannot be started in spring.

Summer 2021 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program does not qualify for financial aid.

Questions? Contact your program advisor.


The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. Learn more about tuition and fees.

Additional Cost:

  • One-time caregiver background check: $10

Career Salaries

$22,000 – $33,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Potential Careers

If you are patient, motivated and have a desire to improve the lives of individuals living with autism, a career as an Autism Technician may be right for you. Those working in this field perform well in dynamic, fast-paced work environments and have excellent communication and collaboration skills.

  • Autism Technician
  • Autism Specialist
  • Behavior Technician
  • Paraprofessional - Special Education

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.


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