Disability Policies and Services Certificate

The Certificate in Disability Policy and Services is designed to allow graduate students, as well as community professionals, to study policies and services that affect the lives of children, youth, and adults with disabilities.

The 12-credit program examines the spectrum of education, employment, community living, and health policies impacting individuals with disabilities and their families, and surveys the public and private networks of disability services from an interdisciplinary perspective. While the program addresses the needs of people with all types of disabilities, it emphasizes intellectual and related developmental disabilities across the lifespan.
The program addresses topics in the field of developmental disabilities, including:

  • Past and present inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities.
  • Significant legislation and laws impacting services and supports.
  • Exploration of school, residential, employment, and community programs.
  • Perspectives and roles of professional disciplines in providing services and collaboration.
  • Current trends and issues in policies and service provision.

For admissions criteria, curriculum information, and application procedures, visit the College of Education and Human Development page on the Disability Policies and Services Certificate.

The University of Minnesota LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Program is an interdisciplinary leadership training program spanning 18 disciplines across the University of Minnesota and is funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

With the formation of the University of Minnesota’s LEND program our university community now has the opportunity to have increased training, engagement, and support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. This will translate into real change and growth for Minnesota children and families. Twelve academic disciplines within the University have collaborated to create a unique and powerful learning experience for students and community trainees.

The MN LEND’s Interdisciplinary Training Program curriculum incorporates didactic, research, and practicum experiences using a combination of activities located in both clinical and community training sites. The goal of the MN LEND program is to train future leaders who will serve children with autism, other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families through didactic, clinical, practicum and research experiences directed at:

  • Coordinated interdisciplinary training
  • Leadership skill development
  • Promotion of cultural competence and family-centered care
  • Community outreach and continuing education
  • Policy development
  • Translation of research to practice
  • Provision of technical assistance
  • Developing skill at collaborative processes
  • Resource development and dissemination

For admissions criteria, curriculum information, and application procedures, visit the MN LEND Program page.

Special Education M.A. with an emphasis in applied behavioral analysis (ABA)

The M.A. in special education with an emphasis applied behavior analysis (A.B.A.), prepares you to meet this growing need by becoming a board certified behavior analyst. You’ll work with people with disabilities—such as autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities—to recognize and analyze problem behaviors and recommend actions to improve their day-to-day lives.

For admissions criteria, curriculum information, and application procedures, visit the College of Education and Human Development page on the Special Education M.A. with and emphasis in A.B.A

Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate

Approximately 1 out of 59 children have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD)*. Meet the growing demand for professionals in this field. Students in our ASD certificate program are trained to assist children and youth with ASD and their families.

As a student in the ASD certificate program, you’ll receive specialized training in assessment, intervention, and treatment evaluation. You’ll leave the program equipped with the most effective instructional and behavioral methods for young people with ASD. Additional areas of focus include: ethical issues related to treatment delivery, the need for supervision by qualified professionals, and the limits of candidates’ individual skills.

For admissions criteria, curriculum information, and application procedures, visit the College of Education and Human Development page on the Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate.

 

*Center for Disease Control, 2018