Participation is by application and enrollment is limited.  Apply by May 6, 2024 for early consideration for admission and scholarships.

Step 1-Apply for University Special Student Admission

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 Special Student Application. Select the Capstone Certificate in Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health (UNCS565). 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.

Step 2 – Click here to download the Capstone Application Form:

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
  • Transcripts for all college/university programs (Undergraduate and Graduate):
    Transcripts should be sent directly to Bryn Abramson at or via mail at the address listed below.

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: Bryn Abramson, Coordinator, at
Subject: UW Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program Application


Mail to:

UW Department of Psychiatry
UW Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program
6001 Research Park Blvd.
Madison, Wisconsin, 53719

For any questions about the application process or requirements, please email Sarah Strong, Co-Director at