General Studies with a Developmental Disabilities Specialization

Transfer Programs
Degree
Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies and with a Specialization in Developmental Disabilities
Length
Four-semester (two-year) program
Purpose

Students will take courses from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis in core courses is placed on development of relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide professional delivery of services to individuals with a developmental disability. Fieldwork experience will provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Graduates should qualify for positions in family services, social services, rehabilitation, and educational agencies that provide services and supports to disabled individuals in the community.

Occupational Objectives

This degree will prepare current licensed providers and students who wish to become licensed providers with essential knowledge to support people with all types of disabilities under the new waiver program. Students with this degree will be prepared to meet the training requirements to support people with disabilities in most levels of the new waiver redesign. Courses delivers to providers needed knowledge to supervise support workers in their program. These disabilities studied include individuals diagnosed with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, and Dually Diagnosed individuals with co-morbid disabilities. Also, a course in positive behavior support techniques is part of this program. Course emphasis is not only on disabilities, but also on documentation, writing and communication skills, which are necessary to become a licensed provider in VA.

Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the General Studies, Developmental Disabilities Specialization program requires competency in English and Math – MDE 10 as demonstrated through direct enrollment and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required EDE and/or MDE units or the equivalent.

Internship Requirements: Admission to HMS 290 (Coordinated Internship) is selective and must be approved by the internship coordinator. Eligibility is based on the following criteria: minimum GPA of 2.0, completion of course prerequisites (HMS 100 and HMS 162), faculty recommendation, expected graduation date, and any relevant internship site requirements. Arrangements for the internship placement are made the semester prior to the one in which the student actually takes the class.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.

First Semester

Course # Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credits Transfer
BIO 101 3 3 4
ENG 111 3 0 3
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Virginia Tech
ENGL 1105
Radford University
CORE 101
Old Dominion University
ENGL 110C
Virginias Private Colleges & Universities
Bluefield College
ENG 1013/1023, GEN ED
Liberty University
ENGL 101
Emory & Henry College
ENG 100
HMS 100 3 0 3
PSY 200 3 0 3
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Virginia Tech
PSYC 1004
Radford University
PSYC 121
Old Dominion University
PSYC 201S
Virginias Private Colleges & Universities
Bluefield College
PSY 1013
Liberty University
PSYC 101
SDV 100 1 0 1
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Radford University
UNIV 100 elective
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 3 14  

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credits Transfer
BIO 102 3 3 4
ENG 112 3 0 3
MTH 155 3 0 3
MEN 121 3 0 3
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Virginia Tech
VT XXXX
Virginias Private Colleges & Universities
Bluefield College
ELECTIVE CREDIT
SOC 200 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 3 16  

Third Semester

Course # Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credits Transfer
CST 100 3 0 3
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Radford University
COMS 114
HLT/PED 2 Health or Physical Education 1 0 1
HMS 162 3 0 3
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Radford University
ENGL 306
Virginias Private Colleges & Universities
Bluefield College
ELECTIVE CREDIT
ITE 152 3 0 3
PSY 215 3
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Virginia Tech
PSYC 3014
Radford University
PSYC 439
Virginias Private Colleges & Universities
Bluefield College
PSY/CRJ 3034
Liberty University
PSYC 430
SOC 215 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 0 16  

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credits Transfer
ELE 1 Humanities Elective (HUM 201) 3 0 3
ELE Humanities Elective (PHI 101 or REL 230) 3 0 3
HMS 190/ HMS 290 Coordinated Internship or Coordinated Internship in Human Services 3 0 3
MEN 295 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 0 3
PSY 230 3 0 3
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Virginia Tech
PSYC 2034
Radford University
PSYC 230
Old Dominion University
PSYC 203S
Virginias Private Colleges & Universities
Bluefield College
PSY 2043
Liberty University
PSYC 210
Emory & Henry College
Elective Credit
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15  

Degree Earned!