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Developmental Disabilities Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate from the Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS)

This program is offered primarily on the OSU Stillwater campus with simultaneous web conference to the Tulsa campus available for some 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 marriage and family therapy, education, healthcare, and human services.  

Gainful Employment

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Certificate Requirements – 12 credit hours

Curriculum and Course Rotation

Core Course Requirements (non-degree seeking students must begin with one of the following courses when entering the graduate certificate program)

  • HDFS 4583: Disabilities in the Family and Community Context (even Spring)
  • HDFS 5283: Developmental Disabilities (odd Fall)

Specialization Coursework (select two of the following courses)

  • HDFS 5153: Policy in HDFS (odd Spring)
  • HDFS 5193: Reflective Practice (odd and even Summer)
  • HDFS 5690: Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy (Marriage and Family Therapy students only)
  • HDFS 5623: Systems Theory and Applications to the Family (odd and even Fall)
  • HDFS 5653: Systematic Approaches to Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology (even Fall)

Course Descriptions

HDFS 4583: Disabilities in the Family and Community Context
Intellectual and developmental disabilities from a systemic perspective, emphasizing the role of families and communities across the lifespan. Current policy, research, and practice for community inclusion and family support. Conceptual frameworks for understanding of and practice with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and families will include family systems and ecological perspectives. Course must be taken for graduate credit.

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 5153: Policy in HDFS
Critical analysis of approaches to and models of policy in Human Development and Family Science. Examination of policy analysis and evaluation, development, advocacy, and implementation of state and federal policy and legislation.

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.

HDFS 5690: Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
Supervised clinical experience for students in the marriage and family therapy specialization. Admission to the marriage and family therapy program and consent of instructor required. 3 credit hours required.

HDFS 5623: Systems Theory and Applications to the Family

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.

Application to this Program

Required Application Materials:

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 Deadline

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.

For more information

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

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