The Graduate Certificate in Special Education Services and Supports is designed for individuals who do not have or are not pursuing a degree in a human services field and are interested in working with children and adolescents (age 3-17) with diagnosed developmental disabilities in the home and community setting. Students who do have or are pursuing a degree in a human services field may complete the Certificate in Habilitative Services and Supports. Approved human service degrees include the following: counseling and guidance, psychology, nursing, education/special education, sociology, child development/human development, social work, therapeutic recreation, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology/communication disorders, art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy and behavioral sciences/ABA.
Students who either a) complete the Certificate in Habilitative Services and Supports and have a degree in a human services field, or b) complete the Certificate in Special Education Services and Supports and have a bachelor’s degree in any field will complete the coursework requirements to work for a developmental disability agency as a 3-17 Habilitative Interventionist teaching adaptive skills and supporting the development of pro-social behaviors. Interventionists work in the home and community setting focused on individual client goals including communication, social skills, self-management, self-help, and independence. In order to become a Habilitative Interventionist, individuals also need a minimum of one year supervised experience working with children with developmental disabilities which is typically provided by the hiring agency. This certificate program can be pursued individually or may be completed concurrently with the MEd in Early and Special Education.
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