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



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NSCC’s Developmental Disabilities Direct Support certificate program offers courses during the fall, and spring semesters.

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NSCC’s Developmental Disabilities Direct Support certificate program is Open Admissions. You may apply to start in the fall or spring semesters. There is no fee to apply to this program.


NSCC’s Developmental Disabilities Direct Support certificate program is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services to provide education for employees at DDS-funded programs. 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. 

Here are the required courses for NSCC’s Developmental Disabilities Direct Support certificate program.

Students graduating from this program will learn a wide array of skills to prepare them for their career.

Total tuition and General and Technology Fees for In-state Residents without financial aid is $4,683 for the 21 credits Developmental Disabilities Direct Support certificate (fees vary by program).

Books and course materials, transportation, and health insurance expenses are not included in the tuition and fee costs.

The Board of Trustees reserves the right to increase fees without prior notice. The MA Board of Higher Education reserves the right to increase tuition without prior notice.

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