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

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 101 General Biology I 3 3 4
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
PSY 200 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 102 General Biology II 3 3 4
SOC 200 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

Health or PED Electives:  HLT 116PED 107PED 109PED 111PED 147.

Health or Physical Education 1 0 1
SOC 215 Sociology of the Family 3
PSY 215 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

Humanities Electives:  HUM 100PHI 101ART 101MUS 121REL 230.

Humanities Elective 3 0 3
Elective2 Humanities Elective 3 0 3
PSY 2303 Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15


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