Wytheville Community College

Transfer Programs
Degree
Degree: 
Associate of Arts and Sciences with a major in General Studies and 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.

Program 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 Essentials MTE 1-5 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or 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. 

Other Information: 

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

First Year
First Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Elective2
2

Courses may be chosen from the following:  BIO 101, 102; CHM 101, 102, CHM 111, 112, 241, 242;  GOL 105, 106, PHY 241, 242.

Lab Science 3 3 4
Elective3
3

Courses may be chosen from the following:    HIS 101, 102,121, 122; PLS 211, 212; PSY 120, 200, 231, 232, 215, 216, 230, 235, 270; SOC 200, 215, 247.
REQUIRED:  Developmental Disabilities Students:  PSY 230, SOC 207.

Social Science/History 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 3 14
Second Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
MEN 101 Mental Health Skill Training I 3 0 3
MTH 1574
4

Students may substitute MTH 151.  Check with your advisor.

Elementary Statistics 3 0 3
Elective2 Lab Science 3 3 4
Elective3 Social Science/History 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 3 16
Second Year
Third Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 0 3
HMS 162 Communication Skills for Human Services Providers 3 0 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 0 3
Elective3 Social Science 3 0 3
Elective3 Social Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
HLT/PED5
5

Students may choose a health, physical education, or recreation course that promotes physical & emotional well-being.

Health or Physical Education 1 0 1
MEN 295 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 0 3
HMS 190 or HMS 290 Coordinated Internship 3 0 3
Elective1
1

Courses may be chosen from the [1] Transfer Humanities electives may be chosen from the following:  ART 101, 102, 111, 112; CST 151;  ENG (literature courses only); HUM 100MUS 121, 122;  PHI 101; REL 200, 210, 230.

Humanities 3 0 3
Elective1 Humanities 3 0 3
Elective3 Social Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 16 0 16
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