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Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) Certificate Program in Developmental Disabilities

The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities offers a Certificate in Developmental Disabilities supported by the North Carolina University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities(UCEDD). This certificate program is tailored to graduate students interested pursuing a career dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is intended to provide graduate students with opportunities to demonstrate specialization in the area of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Core topic areas covered through participation in the certificate program include:

(a) mechanisms and etiology
(b) clinical presentation
(c) family and systems issues
(d) cultural diversity
(e) neuropsychological assessment
(f) evidence-based intervention
(g) ethics

Program Requirements: This certificate program is only open to degree-seeking graduate students enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill. It is anticipated that students will complete certificate requirements in approximately 2 years, and all requirements must be fulfilled prior to the completion of the student’s degree program. This certificate program is comprised of interdisciplinary coursework (9 credits), attend relevant approved seminars, and conduct research activities related to intellectual and developmental disabilities, as described below:

Formal Coursework: To complete this certificate program, trainees must enroll and complete nine credit hours which must include 3 out of 4 of the below courses. Since the courses for this certificate may not be required for your degree program, it is possible that you would incur additional tuition costs to complete the coursework required for this certificate program.
1) EDCU 763 (Duquette), Biological Basis of Brain Development and Behavior: The Neuropsychology of Childhood Exceptionality.
2) AHSC 862 (Fall) and AHSC 864 (Spring) (Zuver): Developmental Disabilities across the Lifespan: An Interdisciplinary Approach, meets on Thursdays from
    4:30-6:00 pm.Note that completion of this course is also a required component of the LEND curriculum so LEND students may not take this class as part of the certificate program.
3) NBIO 800 (Fall) and/or
4) NBIO 801 (Spring) (Philpot and Piven): Gene-Brain-Behavior Interactions in Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Towards an Integration of Perspectives on Disease Mechanisms. Meets on Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00 am.
Other LEND trainees may enroll in one or the other.
5)AHSC 915 (Fall) and AHSC 916 (Spring): Development Disabilities: Current Research and Practice I (Fall-1 credit) and II (Spring-1 credit)
6) LEND or CIDD faculty-sponsored independent study (must be approved by certificate director)

Note that all coursework listed above (including independent study) may not count towards your degree program.

For more information, contact Dr. Gabriel Dichter at

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