Human Development and Child Studies

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3077
Fax: (248) 370-4242

Contact Us: 
Dr. Darlene Groomes
Department of Human Development and Child Studies
(248) 370-4237
ICA vs.
ASD teaching endorsement

The ICA is not the same as a teaching endorsement.  A teaching endorsement is awarded only to certified teachers who have completed an approved course of study (including the practicum) in a particular area of specialization.  The ICA, on the other hand, is awarded to any individual who demonstrates having met the criteria; it cannot be based on coursework alone.
See the ICA Application packet for details.

Interdisciplinary Certificate in Autism

The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Autism (ICA) is special recognition of advanced, integrated knowledge and experience in the area of autism, granted as an acknowledgement of specific competencies that the certificate-holder possesses. The ICA is awarded by Oakland University - in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education - to professionals who have voluntarily advanced their expertise in autism through a variety of educational and professional experiences. 

Obtaining the ICA offers numerous benefits including increased consumer confidence, program prestige and professional standing. Possession of the certificate can signal that the professional is well-qualified and offers competent, high-quality services to individuals and families affected by autism. Colleagues can tap into resources of ICA certificants for their recognized expertise in autism. Additionally, certificate-holders will possess a tangible credential that represents their efforts to advance their knowledge, skills and professional competence in this growing field.

Many general and special education teachers have a particular interest in autism and seek continuing education as well as paid and volunteer experiences to advance their knowledge and skills in this area. The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Autism was designed not only for educators, but for professionals from a variety of disciplines (including education) who meet the established criteria.

Individuals from a variety of disciplines may be eligible for the ICA:

art therapymedical personnelrecreation therapy
audiologymental healthrehabilitation
behavior managementmusic therapypsychology
counselingoccupational therapysocial work
educationphysical therapyspeech-language pathology

Eligibility Criteria:

  • a minimum of five years of experience in a professional discipline
  • at least three years' experience working with individuals with autism
  • provision of services to multiple individuals on the autism spectrum
  • completion of at least 100 clock hours engaged in learning activities* related to autism
  • engagement in leadership activities** in the area of autism
  • successful functioning as a member of an interdisciplinary team on behalf of individuals on the spectrum

Application Deadlines:  April 1 and October 1. Download the ICA Application packet for details.

*  Learning activities may include university courses, professional workshops, conferences and/or seminars, independent study, and consultation with specialists. The learning activities must be continuous and current within the last 10 years.

**  Leadership activities may include delivering professional presentations, teaching university courses, conducting research, producing publications, and supervising others working with individuals with autism. 

Applicants for the ICA must provide documentation of the professional experience, education, and leadership experiences that satisfy the competencies represented by the certificate.