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Get certified in developmental disabilities

This graduate certificate is designed for professionals, practitioners and policy makers who already hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and seek to effectively support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.


This certificate provides a person-centered, systemic approach that acknowledges the significant lifelong role of family members and emphasizes reflective practice for professionals who support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Successful completion of the certificate program requires 12 credit hours (four courses) of graduate-level coursework on the Stillwater campus in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Credit hours are transferable to additional graduate degree programs.


MS Developmental and Family Science

MS Applied Human Services

MS Early Childhood Education

MS Family and Community Services

MS Marriage and Family Therapy

PhD Human Development and Family Science



Required (six credit hours):

  • HDFS 5083: Disabilities in the Family & Community Context
  • HDFS 5283: Developmental Disabilities

Elective (six credit hours - select two of the following):

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

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Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of admission status within four to six weeks of submission.


To apply for the program, submit the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA required; admission with qualifications may be considered)
  • Names and email addresses for three references (references will receive an email requesting completion of an online recommendation form)
  • Academic vita/resume
  • All international applicants must also submit scores from within the last two years for either the TOEFL exam (minimum score of 79 for admission) or the IELTS (academic stream) exam

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