Disability Specialist, A.S. Degree
The Disability Specialist associate degree program provides educational opportunities for people currently employed in, and those interested in working in, the disability field. While specific skills instruction is provided, the focus of the curriculum is on building a strong knowledge base coupled with a positive value base that will prepare each student to assist children and adults with disabilities reach the goals of community inclusion and participation.
Most work settings are in schools, workplaces, community associations, apartments and homes in the community. Creativity, sensitivity and a capacity to concentrate on the abilities of the whole person are essential characteristics of a disability specialist.
Schools value individuals who are prepared to support students with special education needs. Companies value employees who understands how to work with, and include, men and women with disabilities in the workforce. With this increased focus on the inclusion of people with disabilities in school and in the community, there are many employment opportunities available in categories such as job coach, paraeducator and personal assistant.
People with disabilities are an integral part of the community and should receive necessary integrated community-based support.
The mission of the Disability Specialist Program is to prepare students for careers in supporting children and adults with disabilities in the community by:
- recognizing and enhancing the dignity, respect and contribution of every child and adult with a disability;
- providing information on job opportunities in the disability field to encourage the recruitment of young and continuing education students;
- emphasizing, throughout the curriculum, community inclusion of all people with disabilities;
- creating opportunities for interaction among the students, faculty, staff and members of the community with and without disabilities;
- promoting the value of a Disability Specialist degree or certificate in the job market;
- introducing students to assistive technology and other innovations in the continuously evolving field of supporting people with disabilities in the community.
Because of the flexible nature of this program, students may select a full- or part-time plan of study for an associate degree or a certificate option.
Disability Specialist Requirements
|Gen Ed||ENG* 101: Composition||3|
|HSE* 101||Introduction to Human Services||3|
|Gen Ed||PSY* 111: General Psychology I||3|
|PSY* 163||Children with Disabilities||3|
|Gen Ed||Mode 3: Humanities||3|
| HSE* 251
||Work with Individuals and Families
|Gen Ed||Mode 6: Social Science||3|
|PSY* 173||Adults with Disabilities||3|
|Gen Ed||Mode 5: Natural adn Physical Sciences||3-4|
|HSE* 210||Group & Interpersonal Relations||3|
| POL* 111
| American Government or
State and Local Government
|PSY* 183||The Learning Process & Disabilities||3|
|Gen Ed||Mode 1: Fine Arts||3|
|HSE* 241||Human Services Agencies & Organizations||3|
|PSY* 164||Assistive Technology for Students
|PSY* 174||Assistive Technology for Adults||1|
|SSC* 294||Cooperative Education/Work Experience||3|
|PSY* 193||Issues and Trends in Disabilities||3|
|Gen Ed ^^||Mode 4: Mathematics||3|
|HSE* 294||Disability Specialist Seminar||1|
|Total Credits Required: 60-61|
Upon successful completion of all Disability Specialist degree program requirements, graduates will
- Define and discuss basic definitions, causes, psychological characteristics and educational approaches relevant to children with disabilities.
- Discuss how children and adults with disabilities have unique abilities rather than their limitations.
- Identify current trends and issues, and define the impact of current national and state laws and policies, affecting people with disabilities and their families.
- Compare various learning theories and their application to children and adults with disabilities.
- Define ethical standards in the disability field and demonstrate confidentiality in written and oral assignments.
In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.
^ Students planning to transfer should take a Mode 5 course with a lab.
^^ Students planning to transfer should take MAT* 165.
Division of Social Science and Hospitality: 860-512-2750
Source: 2011-2012 Course Catalog
For additional information, contact: 860-512-2753