Direct Support Education: Certificate of Achievement


This one-year Direct Support Education: Certificate of Achievement Program is designed for those students interested in seeking employment working in the field of developmental disabilities. Upon successful completion of the required courses with a 2.0 grade point average (GPA), or pass (P), a certificate of achievement will be awarded.

The Program also offers an Associate Degree. See below in the For more information section.

Program Requirements

Direct Support Education: Certificate of Achievement course requirements link. Please note: This link and all links for courses, below, go to the Taft College Catalog, an external website. Plan to return to the Taft College website.

Required Courses

Course Number   Course Name Credit Hours
DS 1501 Introduction to Disabilities 3.0
DS 1502 Disabilities and the Law 3.0
DS 1503 Introduction to Medication Support 3.0
DS 1504 Cultural Competency Towards Disabilities 3.0
DS 1505 Teaching Individuals with Disabilities and Dealing with Challenging Behaviors 3.0
DS 1506 Safety Advocacy and Maltreatment Prevention 3.0
    Total Credit Hours: 18

To receive a Teacher Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing a student must complete 175 days of three+ hours of experience per day within four years. Students must also successfully complete 16 general education units.

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