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Developmental Disabilities Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate program is offered primarily on the OSU Stillwater campus with simultaneous web video conference available for most courses.

Overview

The HDFS graduate certificate in Developmental Disabilities integrates contemporary research, theory, practice, and policy in the field of developmental disabilities with a primary focus on individuals with intellectual disability and their families. Intellectual disability originates before the age of 18 and is a “disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning (reasoning, learning, problem solving) and in adaptive behavior, which covers a range of everyday social and practical skills.” (AAIDD, n.d.). Coursework includes a person-centered approach that acknowledges the significant lifelong role of family members and emphasizes reflective practice for professionals.  Graduates of the HDFS graduate certificate in Developmental Disabilities (a) obtain knowledge of critical issues for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families; (b) develop effective support strategies for individuals with IDD and their families; (c) gain competence in mental health diagnoses that commonly co-occur in individuals with IDD; and (d) provide leadership in a variety of fields with individuals and families including clinicians, case managers, healthcare professionals, and administrators.

Certificate Requirements

12 semester hours

Curriculum

  • HDFS 5283: Developmental Disabilities
  • HDFS 5623: Systems Theory and Applications to the Family
  • HDFS 5653: Systematic Approaches to Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology
  • HDFS 5193: Reflective Practice

Course Descriptions

HDFS 5283: Developmental Disabilities
Overview of contemporary research, theory, practice, and policy in the field of developmental disabilities with a primary focus on individuals with intellectual disability and their family members.

HDFS 5623: Systems Theory and Applications to the Family
Examination of the cybernetic roots and terminology used with general systems theory providing an understanding, appreciation and integration of the role of "systems" approaches to family theory and clinical practice.

HDFS 5653:  Systematic Approaches to Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology
Overview of major mental disorders and other conditions that maybe the focus of clinical mental health treatment. Treatment issues and an introduction to psychopharmacology.

HDFS 5193: Reflective Practice*
An exploration of the principles and methods of reflective practice. Reflective journaling and group interactive dialogue based on the application of theoretical models. Supervised field experiences in community settings.

*Students in the Developmental Disabilities certificate program are required to have successfully completed HDFS 5283 prior to enrollment in HDFS 5193.

Documents to Submit for Your Application

All application materials are submitted online to the OSU Graduate College.  Applicants should submit the following items as part of their application materials:

  • Official online OSU Graduate College Application (and application processing fee)
  • Transcripts with bachelor’s degree conferred or pending*
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Names and email addresses for three references. References will receive an email requesting completion of an online recommendation form.
  • All international applicants must also submit scores from the TOEFL exam** or the IELTS (academic stream) exam; the exam must have been taken within the last two years.

*A minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred for prospective graduate certificate students.

**A minimum TOEFL score of 79 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines

While applications are reviewed on a continual basis, we strongly encourage individuals to submit their completed application four weeks before the beginning of the first semester in which enrollment is planned.  For example, for fall semester matriculation, completed applications should be submitted by mid-July; for spring semester matriculation, completed applications should be submitted by early December.

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Program Expense

Tuition and university-wide fees will be charged on a per credit-hour basis. For current tuition and fees, visit: http://bursar.okstate.edu/tuition-and-fees

More Information

For questions regarding admission to the Human Development and Family Science graduate certificate program in Developmental Disabilities please contact:  

Dr. Jennifer Jones
jennifer.jones@okstate.edu
405-744-8348

Dr. Kami Gallus
kami.gallus@okstate.edu
405-744-8351