Developmental Disabilities Studies

Developmental Disabilities Studies

The Developmental Disabilities Studies Certificate covers a number of the topics required for employees by OPWDD (Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities). Lifestyles of individuals with developmental disabilities have changed dramatically over the past twenty years as they have moved out of institutions and into community residences.

GCC's certificate program addresses the skills and knowledge necessary for you to succeed as a human service worker. The certificate may be completed in one year (full-time) and can be taken separately or as part of the Human Services AAS Degree Program.

Study Online!

Did you know that a majority of the Developmental Disabilities Studies program can be completed online?

  • Developmental Disabilities Studies CERT (50% or more can be completed online)

Visit our Office of Online Learning for more information!

Why GCC?

The courses in the Developmental Disabilities Studies program cover topics that emphasize skills and knowledge for enhancing the independence of individuals. This program will also allow you will also be given the opportunity to participate in an internship and apply your newly learn skills.

In addition, this certificate can expand your employment options if you are planning to or currently work in this career area.

Career Opportunities

After getting your GCC degree, some occupations you may consider are:

Please contact our Career Center for more information.

Transfer Opportunities

GCC has many transfer agreements with 4-year institutions like:

  • Bryant & Stratton
  • College of Saint Rose
  • Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Daemen College
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Empire State College/SUNY
  • Excelsior College
  • Hartwick College
  • Hilbert College
  • Houghton College
  • Keuka College
  • Medaille College
  • RIT
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • University of Phoenix
  • Utica College
  • Wells College

Please contact our Transfer Center for more information.