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.

The DSC is a Department of Developmental Services (DDS) funded program. Students pay as little as $50 per 3 credit course!  Students can work for public or private agencies. This is a career track program and DDS can help with employment opportunities. 

Please email  developmentaldisabilites@northshore.edu for more information

Next Steps

Achievement and Outcomes

Learner Outcomes

Guided Pathway Sheet

Get in touch

If you have questions related to program admissions or applications, please contact info@northshore.edu or call 978-762-4188.

If you have program advising related questions, please contact developmentaldisabilities@northshore.edu or call 781-477-2215.

Earn your Developmental Disabilities Certificate at North Shore Community College

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North Shore Community College is an accredited public institute of higher education where all are welcome and each is challenged. NSCC is accredited by NECHE, the New England Commission of Higher Education.

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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