Developmental Disabilities

12-credit Technical Certificate

Develop skills to work with individuals with developmental disabilities and prepare for entry-level jobs as residential counselors, group home managers, shelter workshop assistants and other direct care workers. Gain familiarity in counseling techniques; better understand the types of disabilities, services available and health issues individuals with developmental disabilities face; and develop skills that incorporate behavior modification techniques.

  • Upon the successful completion of this certificate, possess the skills necessary to work with children and adults with physical, mental and emotional disabilities in a variety of settings.
  • Some credits earned in this short-term certificate program may be applied toward degree and diploma programs within WCTC’s School of Protective & Human Services.
  • This certificate complements some degree and diploma programs within WCTC’s School of Protective & Human Services.

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 520-180 Developmental Disabilities3  
 520-104 Behavior Management3 *
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 520-102 Basic Counsel Skills Practice3  
 520-103 Case Managmnt & Documentation3 *
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.