Courses & Programs

Developmental Disabilities Direct Support Certificate

Allison Hrovat

Faculty, Human Services

Social Sciences

Donahue 261

413.552.2381 (Tel)


what will you learn?

The Developmental Disabilities Direct Support Certificate was created in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to provide education for staff working for or individuals interested in working for agencies that provide residential programs, employment programs, and recreational, personal, and family supports for individuals with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. Tuition assistance may be available to individuals currently employed for an agency which receives DDS funding.

what will you do?

Continue your education or enter the workforce! Career options include:

  • Behavior Technician
  • Support Aide
  • Residential Care Coordinator
  • Job Coach
  • Companion

Explore your options at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center and at What Can I Do With This Major?

0 total credits

Depending on course selection, approximately 80% of this program can be completed online.




CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Registry Information) background checks may be required prior to field work and will be conducted by specific agencies in accordance with state regulations. CORI and SORI results are confidential.