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M.S. in Developmental Disabilities

Program Details

Nova Southeastern University, primarily located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offers a Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities. The degree is designed to expand on a student’s understanding of the key essential concepts needed to be well prepared as researchers, advocates, administrators and policy makers. Graduates can pursue positions of leadership in community-based or governmental agencies that address the complex issues associated with developmental disabilities throughout the life span of individuals.

Earning an advanced degree in Development Disabilities studies will allow graduates to pursue doctoral-level training in human services, counseling, and public policy, among others. In addition to the core curriculum, students must choose to specialize within a specific concentration to best understand the programs objectives. The concentrations can be tailored to best fit a student’s personal and professional career aspirations. The concentrations include: Leadership/Advocacy, Adult Services/Transition, Early Childhood, Applied Behavior Analysis and an Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis concentration. Graduates must also complete a research project demonstrating and articulating a full comprehension of the programs objectives.

Successful graduates of the M.S. in Developmental Disabilities program are expected to apply the learned knowledge of effective administrative and leadership skills through the use of case study analyses, research papers, and in-class assignments. The masters level of education will ensure a graduate's understanding of the impact of the family, the educational system, and community services on the successful integration of individuals with developmental disabilities. Graduates can use the program’s teachings when seeking careers as Program Directors, Early Childhood Interventionist, Transition Specialist, Job Coach, Developmental Specialist, Case Manager, Vocational Counselor, Advocate or a Behavior Analyst or Assistant Behavior Analyst.


Students must have a GPA (3.0) or higher during the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges