Special Education: Developmental Disabilities (GC)

The program is for an individual seeking an initial teaching license, add-on teaching license, or additional knowledge in developmental cognitive disabilities. Students work with an advisor to determine a plan of study for all courses needed.

Current Catalog Year
Major / Total Credits
10 / 10
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Program Requirements

Restricted Electives

The Developmental Disabilities Graduate Certificate is a variable certificate with 10 to 14 credits.

Core Competency Courses - Choose 7 - 11 Credit(s). Core Competency Courses. This certificate is specifically designed to meet MN Board of Teaching (BOT) Licensure Standards. A student admitted to this program must work with an advisor to determine the exact number of credits needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards.

This course will provide students with foundational background knowledge of developmental disabilities, and characteristics and assessments associated with students with developmental disabilities. Topics covered will include: characteristics, historical perspectives, identification and assessment, family perspectives, learning characteristics and educational models.

Prerequisites: none

This course addresses curricular approaches, instructional strategies, inclusion techniques, adaptive techniques, assistive technology, behavior techniques, and other specialized interventions needed to serve students with moderate to severe developmental and multiple disabilities effectively.

Prerequisites: none

Student teaching is designed to provide graduate students an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills learned in their coursework and demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to effectively teach students with developmental cognitive disabilities in a classroom setting.

Prerequisites: none

Licensure Requirement - Choose 3 Credit(s). Students without an existing special education license are required to take SPED 656

This is an accompanying course for initial licensure Special Education teacher candidates in the areas of ASD, DCD, EBD, LD, and ECSE.

Prerequisites: none

This course is an accompanying course for all advanced licensure Special Education teacher candidates.

Prerequisites: none