Developmental Models of Autism Intervention (Certificate) at Montclair State University

Developmental Models of Autism Intervention (Certificate)

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Developmental Models of Autism Intervention (Certificate)

Admission to this program has been suspended indefinitely.

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.

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, can 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.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Developmental Models of Autism Intervention Certificate program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement – Please write one integrated essay (1-2 pages) on your long term professional goals, addressing the following questions:
    • What are your plans for graduate study and your future career.
    • Describe your experiences and settings with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including your approach to education and intervention and any opportunities you have had to collaborate with other professionals and disciplines.
    • Please provide any additional information you would like us to consider in assessing your candidacy for the certificate program.

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. For more information, please visit the Developmental Models of Autism Intervention Certificate listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Developmental Models of Autism Intervention (Certificate) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Dr. Gerard Costa
Office: University Hall
Telephone: 973‑655‑6675