Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program


Applications are now available for the 2015 - 2016 Program. Apply NOW for consideration for admission and scholarships.

Participation is by application; enrollment is limited. Applications will continue to be accepted as space is available. Apply now for consideration for admission and scholarships.

Applying for this Capstone Certificate Program is a two step process.

Step 1

Capstone Certificate students fall under the campus category of University Special students as these students are not in degree status. Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) is the admitting and academic dean's office for all University Special students. Complete the online UW System application - follow the prompts for UW-Madison University Special students. After selecting the classification Capstone Certificates (UNCS) applicants choose the appropriate Capstone Certificate program from a drop-down menu. Applicants may use the following description for their personal statement about why they are applying for University Special Student admission:

"I am applying to the Capstone Certificate in Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health to seek professional development for my work (or my interest in working) with infants, young children and their families."

This application is received and processed by ACSSS with final decision held for approval from the specific Capstone Certificate coordinator.

Apply for admission for Fall Semester 2015.

Step 2 - Download Program Application Here

In addition to completing the online application, applicants are required to submit an Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Capstone Application and supporting materials.

Prerequisites: All applicants must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent credential from an accredited college or university. The minimum GPA for admission to the program is 3.0.

The completed application packet should include:

  • Application for admission as a University of Wisconsin-Madison Special Student
  • Completed Capstone Certificate Program Application form
  • A current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference:
    - One letter should be from a supervisor who is acquainted with applicant’s applied experiences
    - Both letters should speak to professional qualifications of the applicant
  • For licensed individuals, copies of current licenses and/or credentials

Those who complete the application process and meet the Capstone Certificate Program requirements will be offered an interview with the Faculty Program Director or Co-Director. This will ensure that applicants have the appropriate background, prerequisites and that this Capstone Certificate Program is a good fit for the applicant. This includes discussing applicant’s access to work with young children ages birth to 5 years and their families in order to complete assignments and participate in case-based discussions.

Send completed application and supporting materials for review by email or mail to:

Email to: Linda Tuchman-Ginsberg, PhD


Mail to:

Capstone Certificate Program in Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health
Department of Psychiatry
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
6001 Research Park Blvd.
Madison, Wisconsin, 53719
Fax: 608-263-0625