Developmental Disabilities Certificate Program

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Developmental Disabilities Certificate Program

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The purpose of the Developmental Disabilities Certificate Program is to provide education for persons planning to work or already working with children and adults who are developmentally disabled. It affords the opportunity for those who have already completed baccalaureate programs to broaden their knowledge and expertise in providing for the needs of this population. The certificate program can also be integrated with an existing master's program.

The curriculum consists of 18 credits of courses: nine credits of core courses, a three-credit internship, and six elective credits. To be eligible for the internship, students must have completed a minimum of two core courses and one elective course or receive permission of the instructor. The internship consists of six hours at the internship site and one hour of classroom time per week.

Courses are offered at a variety of sites and times suited to adult learners. Sites include SUNY Brockport, the SUNY Brockport MetroCenter, Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office, Lifetime Assistance, Inc., and Continuing Developmental Services, Inc.

Core Courses

PRO 550 Developmental Disabilities: A Lifespan Perspective (A). Examines the human lifespan on an age continuum with an emphasis on developmental disabilities. Explores theories of development during nine stages of the human lifespan, each stage covering social, psychological, physiological, and spiritual development of both normal development and that of people with developmental disabilities. 3 Cr.

EDC 518 Conferencing Skills (A). Explores the knowledge and skills related to conferencing with consumers, families, and others. Includes communication models with an emphasis on applying the knowledge to conferencing skills. Entails demonstrations, simulations, and role-playing activities. 3 Cr.

SWO 578 Developmental Disabilities. Examines and analyzes developmental disabilities in individual, family and group practice experience; and policy and planning in the development, coordination, and impact on delivery systems. 3 Cr.


PRO 500 Developmental Disabilities Internship (B). Affords students the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in core and elective courses in a setting which serves individuals with developmental disabilities. Coordinates experiences with student's educational objectives and career goals. 3 Cr.


Courses which are consonant with the student's educational and professional goals may be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.

Last Updated 7/21/22