Developmental Models of Autism Intervention Certificate Program - Graduate

Coordinator: Dr. Gerard Costa
Office: Center for Autism & Early Childhood Mental Health, 14 Normal Avenue
Email: costag@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-6685

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program in Developmental Models of Autism Intervention (DMAI) prepares teachers, educators, mental health practitioners and allied health professionals to use assessment, education and intervention strategies to work with children with autism and their families. It provides professionals with comprehensive academic and applied experiences around Autism Spectrum Disorder from a developmental and relational perspective. This 15 graduate credit certificate is offered through the College of Education and Human Services, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education and is administered by the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health.

Courses are offered during the evenings and summers to meet the needs of working students, and individuals may complete the certificate program in just one year. Following successful completion of the certificate program, students who meet all program requirements, including the P-3 Certificate, choose to apply to the MEd in Inclusive Early Childhood Education without having to submit GRE test scores. If admitted to the MEd, all 15 certificate credits would transfer into that program.

Transition to Master’s Program in Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Following successful completion of the certificate program, students may choose to apply to the MEd in Inclusive Early Childhood Education without having to submit GRE test scores. If admitted to the MEd, all 15 certificate credits would transfer into that program.

Admission Information

Applicants must submit an application online through The Graduate School at www.montclair.edu/graduate. Other materials required include the application fee, essay and transcripts.

For more information, please contact:
Director: Gerry Costa, Ph.D.
Associate Director: Kaitlin Mulcahy, LPC
973-655-6685
caecmh@montclair.edu

Program Requirements

Required Courses
ECSE 580Conceptual Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Bio-Psych-Social Perspectives3
ECSE 581Observation, Assessment and Wonder in Autism Intervention3
ECSE 582Inquiry and Praxis: Developmental Approaches for Autism Intervention3
Supervised Practicum
ECSE 583Practicum: Reflective Practice in Autism Intervention3
Electives
Select one of the following:3
Art and Special Education
Introduction to Applied Child Advocacy
Family Empowerment Models for Child Advocates
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Language Disorders of Children
Sociocultural Context of Disability and Inclusive Education
Learning and Development in Children With and Without Disabilities
Strengthening Partnerships with Families of Children with Disabilities
Neuromotor Development of the Young Child
Language and Early Literacy Development
Families, Communities, and Schools: Diversity, Culture, and Democracy
Psychology of Music
Developmental Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience
Behavior Modification
Family Systems and Childhood Disorders: A Multicultural Approach
Total Credits15