Developmental Therapy-Teaching Certificate

Improve your skills for helping troubled and troubling students. 

Developmental Therapy-Teaching (DTT) is a well-researched guidance program for teachers, mental health professionals, and parents concerned about the education and development of children and youth from early childhood through the teen years.

The DTT program is designed for adults working with children who:

  • have troubled, difficult or disruptive behavior
  • lack social competencies
  • are at risk or emotionally immature
  • have Autism, Asperger Syndrome, or other sensory-integrative disorders
  • have special needs for Tier 1, 2, or 3 interventions

DTT teaches social, emotional, and behavioral competencies that are necessary for today’s young people to be successful. This program translates theories into practical classroom applications. You will also learn:

  • the milestones for five distinct stages of development
  • the skills needed to use DTT effectively
  • how to design programs with appropriate learning objectives and instructional strategies
  • how to integrate DTT practices into your own programs to improve outcomes for your students
  • how to achieve measurable gains in behavior, communication, socialization, and cognition

DTT is an online program taught by Dr. Mary M. Wood, a preeminent expert in connecting best practices in mental health and special education. The program, requiring a total of about 80 instructional hours, consists of four modules. Modules can be completed together to receive a certificate of completion or taken individually:

  • UGA's Certificate of completion (Modules 1-4) — Register Now

Individual Modules:

  • Module 1: A Developmental Approach to Classroom Teaching — Register Now
  • Module 2: Developmental Assessment for Curriculum Planning and Instruction — Register Now
  • Module 3: Emotions and Behavior in the Classroom — Register Now
  • Module 4: Getting Started in Your Own Classroom — Register Now

The program syllabus provides a description of each module and its lessons.

Who Should Attend?

This Internet-based professional development series is designed for educators working with students who have severe social, emotional, and behavioral disabilities, autism, Asperger Syndrome, or other sensory-integrative disorders affecting behavior, learning, and social interactions. The program is appropriate for school administrators, special education teachers, mental health professionals, social workers, school counselors, guidance counselors, and parents of troubled children. 

Course Information

Course Date Info: 
  • You can start a module at any time. Modules must be taken in sequence.
  • Individual Module Duration: You have 3 months to complete each module upon release of the module's access information (URL, username and password).
  • Full Certificate Program Duration: If you plan to obtain the program certificate, you have up to 12 months to complete the four modules. 
Course Format: 
Course Fee(s): 

All four modules: $600
Single module: $150 

Continuing Education Information: 
  • Each completed module (requiring about 20 instructional and reading hours) provides 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for professional development through the University of Georgia. Professional Learning Units (PLUs) are also available through the Georgia Department of Education.
  • Students successfully completing all four modules earn 8 CEUs from The University of Georgia, with a transcript available upon request. Students also earn a certificate indicating their achievement. 
  • To receive PLUs, teachers in Georgia must complete and submit this Prior Approval Form before starting the class. 

Mary M. Wood, M.Ed., Ed.D, has focused her professional life on improving the lives of troubled children, teens, and their families by translating theory and research into interventions shown to be effective. As professor emerita of special education at the University of Georgia, Dr. Wood currently is advisor for distance learning, research, and publication activities for Developmental Therapy-Teaching and international expansion.

Connecting best practices in mental health and special education has been a continuing endeavor for Dr. Wood. Her academic preparation in early childhood and elementary education, special education, and clinical psychology, with degrees from Goucher College and the University of Georgia, has enabled her to synthesize theory and research across disciplines. To this academic background, she adds 25 years of direct work with children of all ages who have social, emotional, and behavioral disabilities. 

Teaching Responsible Behavior (2007) by. M. M. Wood, C. Quirk, and F. Swindle. PRO.ED publishers, order number 11206; Phone 800-897-3202; $91.00 order directly from PRO.ED. Textbook not include in program fee.