Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Disabilities Program
The Developmental Disabilities Program at Central Piedmont Community College is designed to prepare current and prospective human service professionals to work with children and adults with physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities.  A key component of service provision is identifying the individual needs and supports for persons with disabilities. Participating students will gain an understanding of the support needs of individuals with developmental disabilities in medical, psychological, social, educational, vocational, and economic terms. Fieldwork and clinical experience in community agencies which provide comprehensive services to persons with disabilities and their families will be offered.

Degree and Certificate Programs The Developmental Disabilities Program offers the following degree and certificate programs:

Developmental Disabilities with a Specialization in Children with Exceptionalities (C4538A-C4) courses listed below:

Career Opportunities
This is an exciting time to pursue a career working with individuals with developmental disabilities. The past four decades have produced major advances in legislation, education and services for individuals with disabilities. With the support of innovative services, families are raising their children at home rather than in institutions, children previously considered uneducable are attending public schools, and adults with developmental disabilities maintain jobs, live independently, and are active members of their communities. Successful graduates should qualify for employment and leadership positions in:

  • Group homes
  • Foster care homes
  • Respite services
  • Vocational rehabilitation agencies
  • Supported employment programs
  • Adult day activity programs
  • Early childhood intervention programs
  • Public school classrooms as teacher assistants
  • Community support services
  • Other programs that provide support for individuals with developmental disabilities