Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Developmental Models of Autism Intervention

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.

The Certificate requirements are:

  • 3 core courses (9 credits):
    • ECSE 580: Conceptual Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • ECSE 581: Observation, Assessment and Wonder in Autism Intervention
    • ECSE 582: Inquiry and Praxis: Developmental Approaches to Autism Intervention
    • A supervised practicum (3 credits)
      • ECSE 583: Practicum: Reflective Practice in Autism Intervention
      • An elective course chosen by the student and advisor
      • An integrated final project

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.

Admission Information:

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

For more information, please contact:

Director: Gerry Costa, PhD
Associate Director: Kaitlin Mulcahy, LPC