Developmental Disabilities Specialist (CCL)

Program Information

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Developmental Disabilities Specialist program is designed for students interested in working in various settings serving children or adults with developmental disabilities. The coursework combines theory and application. Academic preparation focuses on the physical and emotional correlates of developmental disability. The students also complete an internship, gaining experience working in a school or agency supporting persons with developmental disability.

Program Notes

You must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required within this program.

A total of three (3) credits of Restricted Electives are required for this program. Some restricted electives may have prerequisites and/or corequisites that are not included in the total program credits. If you are interested in taking restricted electives that had additional requisites, you will need to adjust your academic plan to incorporate these courses, or obtain permission from your instructor to waive these requirements based on prior experience and/or training.

For more information, contact an Academic Advisor or the Program Director.

Name: SID:
Advisor: Catalog Year:


Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I 8-11 Credits Grade Sem/Year
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3    
PSY 243 The Psychology of Developmental Disabilities 3    
PSY 249 Special Topics: Developmental Disabilities 2    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

Select 0-3 credits from the Restricted Electives list below.

Semester II 5-8 Credits Grade Sem/Year

You should apply for graduation this semester. See an Academic Advisor for help, if needed.

PSY 241 Understanding and Changing Behavior 3    
PSY 242 Understanding and Changing Behavior Lab 1    
PSY 244 Internship in Psychology 1    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

Select 0-3 credits from the Restricted Electives list below.

Restricted Electives 3 Credits Grade Sem/Year

The following restricted electives are offered at GCC. Choose any combination from the list of options below to complete a total of nine (9) credits. Courses used to meet other required areas may not be used to satisfy this program requirement unless otherwise stated. For assistance with course selection, contact an Academic Advisor or the Program Director.

BHS 290 Child And Family Advocacy 3    
CFS 176 Child Development 3    
CFS 235 Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal - Age 8 3    
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication 3    
EDU 222 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner 3    
FON 100 Introductory Nutrition 3    
PSY 240 Developmental Psychology 3    
PSY 266 Abnormal Psychology 3    
SLG 101 American Sign Language I 4    
SWU 102 Introduction to Social Work 3    

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