Developmental Disabilities A Certificate Program

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Developmental Disabilities A Certificate Program

The purpose of the Developmental Disabilities Certificate Program is to support the education and career advancement of New York state and voluntary not-for-profit agency workers in the field of mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Through SUNY Brockport baccalaureate courses, current and future personnel who provide care and services to people with developmental disabilities can obtain valuable knowledge and experience in disability related fields of study.
The curriculum consists of nine credits of core courses, a three-credit internship, and six elective credits, totaling 18 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, Lifetime Assistance, Inc., Finger Lakes Disabilities Service Office, and Continuing Developmental Services, Inc. Application to the program is made through the School of Professions.

All courses must be completed within five years from the time of initiating the program and with a minimum grade of "C." A maximum of two courses may be transferred into the program with the consent of the advisory committee. All credits earned in this program are applicable to an academic degree. The certificate is awarded at the completion of all course requirements.

Core Courses

EDC 418 Conferencing Skills (A). Explores the knowledge and skills related to conferencing with students, parents and others. Includes communication models with an emphasis on applying the knowledge to conferencing skills. Entails demonstrations, simulations and role-playing activities. Not applicable as an elective in this program. 3 Cr. Spring, Summer.

SWO 478 Developmental Disabilities (A). Provides examination and analysis of developmental disabilities in individual, family, and group practice experiences; policy and planning in the development, coordination, and impact on delivery services. 3 Cr.

PRO 400 Developmental Disabilities Internship (B). Provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in their core and elective courses in various settings. Includes following the progress of individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings. Coordinates scheduling of experiences in various disciplines with students' educational and career goals and objectives. 3 Cr.

PRO 450 Developmental Disabilities: A Lifespan Perspective. 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.


Courses may be chosen with approval from the student's advisor from the areas of Education, Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Health Science, Communication, Recreation and Leisure, Counselor Education, and Case Management.


Last Updated 7/21/22