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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 knowledgeto 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.

 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.

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
BIO 1012
2

Or Lab Science Electives: BIO 101, BIO 102, CHM 111, CHM 112, GOL 105, GOL 106, PHY 241, PHY 242

General Biology I 3 3 4
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
PSY 2003
3

Or Social Science Electives:  HIS 101 , HIS 102 , HIS 121 , HIS 122 , PLS 211 ,PLS 212 , PSY 120 , PSY 200, PSY 215 ,PSY 216, PSY 230, PSY 235 ,PSY 270 , SOC 200 , SOC 215;  Developmental Disabilities Students are required to take:  PSY 200 and SOC 215.

Principles of Psychology 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 3 14
Second Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
MEN 121 Intellectual Disabilities I 3 0 3
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
MTH 155 Statistical Reasoning 3 0 3
BIO 1022 General Biology II 3 3 4
SOC 2003 Principles of Sociology 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
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
SOC 2153 Sociology of the Family 3
PSY 2153 Abnormal Psychology 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 0 16
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
MEN 295 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 0 3
HMS 190/ HMS 290 Coordinated Internship or Coordinated Internship in Human Services 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
HUM 1001
1

Or Transfer Humanities Elective:  ART 101,  CST 151, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, HUM 100, MUS 121, PHI 101, PHI 220,  REL 200, REL 210

Survey of the Humanities 3 0 3
PSY 2303 Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15
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