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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Contact Information
Continuing Education, 403 Darland Administration Building, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-8149; fax: 218-726-7888)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Fall 2013. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2016
  • Length of program in credits: 12
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders PBacc Cert
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are a growing issue for families across the country. Teachers and other service providers want and need more intense training devoted entirely to FASD. Children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are in schools, daycare centers, and mental health agencies across the state and nation. Program courses are aligned with research-based best practices in the field of ASD. This certificate, offered entirely online, is designed for special education teachers, prospective teachers, and other related professionals who work with children and youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. This certificate holds the distinction of being the only program of its kind in the State of Minnesota. This three-course online certificate offers the opportunity to expand knowledge and expertise in the area of FASD. Participants will learn research-based best practices in this area. The certificate is designed to be completed in one year.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.50.
Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree and have a preferred undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50 or a graduate GPA of at least 2.70.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
At least a 75 percent successful completion rate on all college coursework. Individual certificates have additional standards. View the additional requirements of individual certificates. Students cannot be admitted to more than two certificate programs at one time. Each certificate application should include a check or money order (payable to UMD) to cover the non-refundable certificate application fee of $35.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.70 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Students cannot take both graduate and undergraduate courses during the same term. If admitted to the graduate certificate program, students must pay graduate tuition and take all of the coursework for graduate credit. The same rule applies to undergraduate certificates. Transfer Credits: A minimum of 75 percent of the certificate coursework must be taken at UMD.
Required Coursework
SPED 4850 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
SPED 5850 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
SPED 4860 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
SPED 5860 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
SPED 4870 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
SPED 5870 - Professional Methods for Working with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum (4.0 cr)
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SPED 5870 - Professional Methods for Working with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Exploration of the continuum of placements of living, education, and vocational settings for individuals with FASD. Advocacy issues, in-depth assessment, environmental factors, curricular options, IEP/IIIP development and implementation and programming of the lifespan of individuals with FASD. prereq: 5850 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 4870