Master of Science in Developmental Therapy

Master of Science in Developmental Therapy

The mission of the Master of Science in Developmental Therapy is to prepare reflective and compassionate developmental therapists who are able to evaluate the needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities and plan appropriate interventions and instruction for the children and families that they serve.  Moreover, faculty members involved in the developmental therapy program are committed to preparing professionals who meet or exceed the minimum qualifications established by the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Services. 
The Department of Advanced Instructional studies, in consultation with the Special Education faculty, developmental therapy practitioners, and representatives from the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, developed the Master of Science in Developmental Therapy for individuals seeking certification as developmental therapist through the Arkansas Department of Human Services.  The certification in Developmental Therapy is required for those individuals who work with infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth through 2 years, who are receiving services in the First Connections Early Intervention Program.  The MS in Developmental Therapy includes the15 hours of master’s level courses required by ADHS for certification in developmental therapy and an additional 15 hours of courses in child development, behavior management, legal issues, early intervention issues, early intervention methods and advisor approved electives. 

This program will not lead to a teaching license.

If you have bachelor’s degree in human services, nursing, psychology, or other related areas and are interested working with young children with special needs and their families, contact

Carolyn Dyer
Assistant Professor of Special Education
(870) 230-5282


Degree Plan

Master of Science in Developmental Therapy Degree Plan

Certification Plan

Developmental Therapist Certification Plan

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 “The undergraduate education in music that I received from Henderson has changed my life by opening doors for me both educationally and professionally. It prepared me for success by giving me the tools necessary to be a successful music educator. My BME achieved at Henderson afforded me opportunities for success in graduate and post graduate studies as well as professional advancement in addition to allowing my family and me the employment and thus financial security that is so precarious today without such educational opportunities. I am grateful to Henderson State University.”

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Kevin TaylorBachelor of Music - Education (Instrumental), 1982
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