Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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

    School Overview

    Nova Southeastern University may have started as a small independent not-for-profit university when it first educated its first students in 1964, however this Ft. Lauderdale campus followed the lead of many growing movements from the sixties and quickly expanded into a modern global facility promoting distance learning by 1972. Today, NSU hosts field-based programs in more than twenty states, as well as internationally.

    Nova Southeastern University awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctorate degrees. Nova Southeastern University offers a large number of online degree programs to accommodate a wide range of students. Students can choose from online undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees. Online classes at Nova Southeastern University occur in both synchronous and asynchronous formats to best facilitate an interactive environment between students and faculty.


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