Graduates from this career program are prepared for a variety of employment opportunities working with adults or children with developmental disabilities in residential, vocational, educational, family support and recreational programs.
Through specialized curriculum including field placements, counseling skills and crisis intervention techniques, students integrate theory with practice in the field of developmental disabilities.
Students may choose to transfer to a four-year college following completion of this program.
Students interested in participating in an academic program that involves working with children, the disabled, or the elderly, or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship, or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider, may be required to undergo criminal background checks, including a national as well as local check (i.e. Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI)). Depending on the contents of these criminal background check(s), a student's participation in an academic program that involves working with children, the disabled, or the elderly or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider may not be allowed, and therefore may impact a student's ability to complete program requirements. Furthermore, please note that eligibility to participate in the program and/or clinical affiliation, internship or field placement as a result of screening requirements, such as criminal background checks, is not a guarantee of eligibility to sit for professional credentialing examination(s) or employment upon graduation.
Simultaneous awarding of Certificate and Degree policy: Certificates whose coursework is embedded in an Associate's degree program will not be awarded simultaneously in the same term as the degree is awarded; i.e. Developmental Disabilities(DDD) and Developmental Disabilities Direct Support Certificate(DSC).
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