Learn how to support people with disabilities and gain true satisfaction with a rewarding career

People with developmental and intellectual deficiencies need support to help make their lives better and manage basic challenges. Graduates from NSCC’s Developmental Disabilities Direct Support Certificate program find challenging and rewarding jobs in recreational, residential, vocational, and educational programs working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Students combine academic course work with field placements at local agencies to develop the personal and professional skills necessary for successful employment.

Human Services Pathway

For students interested in continuing their education, courses in this program count towards NSCC’s Developmental Disabilities Associate Degree program.


Semesters estimated to complete degree. Complete faster with winter intersession and summer classes


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For more information, please contact the Pathway Advisor for this program.


Phone: 781-477-2215

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North Shore Community College is an accredited nonprofit institute of higher education where all are welcome and each is challenged. NSCC is accredited by NECHE, the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly NEASC-CIHE, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

NSCC’s Developmental Disabilities Direct Support Certificate program is funded by MA Department of Developmental Disabilities to provide education for employees at DDS-funded programs.

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