The Undergraduate Specialization in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services (DDHS) 

Supported by DDS this program provides the opportunity for undergraduate psychology majors to obtain the skills needed for employment directly supporting individuals with disabilities. A unique combination of (a) coursework and (b) internship experience will permit graduates to work directly with and support individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings, bringing a broad range of knowledge and skills to human service work settings. Following completion of the required coursework and internship, students will receive a letter from the Department of Psychology stating that they have completed a specialization in developmental disabilities and human services.  

The Psychology Department offers an online certificate program in autism studies.  The required core courses provide a foundation for support of knowledge in autism and related disorders, as well as behavior management for this population.  The wide choice of electives allow students to mold the program to their learning objectives, thus tailoring the program to anyone with an interest in autism management, including parents, and professionals and paraprofessionals in mental health, education, health care, child care, speech and language disorders.  


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The Bachelor's degree Program in Psychology or Sociology with a Specialization Developmental Disabilities, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, is open to all undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  The Specialization in Developmental Disabilities is designed to accommodate those already employed in the field.  The core courses in this Program are typically offered late afternoons and evenings, and people working in appropriate settings may be able to use their work-site for some of the required field placements. Students complete their Bachelor's in either Sociology or Psychology as well as coursework in the Specialization in Developmental Disabilities.   For more information about this program, please contact the Program Coordinator: Ashleigh Hillier, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology     Phone: 978-934-2930  Email: ashleigh_hillier@uml.edu 


University Without Walls (UWW) is The University Without Walls (UWW) is the online adult bachelor's degree completion program at UMass Amherst. At UWW, students design their own programs of study in a wide range of areas, including Health Studies, Human Services and Applied Psychology. Students can earn their bachelor’s degrees 100% online without ever having to visit campus.

Credit for Prior Learning and Experience: At UWW students can earn up to 100 credits for prior coursework, professional training and certifications, credit evaluations and exams (i.e. CLEP), and by writing a series of essays (portfolio) about their experience. Eligibility Requirements:  12 transferable college credits and at least a 2.0 GPA. Former UMass Amherst students are exempt from the GPA requirement.  Application deadlines:  April 15 to start in fall semester and October 1 to start spring semester.  Learn more: www.umass.edu/uww  Click here to access brochure >>> UWW