Certificate and AA in Direct Support Education


Taft College, working with The Arc of California and the National College of Direct Support, is offering a new Associates degree - Direct Support Education. It is an all online program that can be accessed from anywhere. The goal of the DSE program is to help create a career ladder in working with individuals with disabilities. 

The Direct Support Education (DSE) Associates Degree is designed to educate students in the care of individuals with disabilities. The program consists of six classes (18 units) that provide a broad background for working with individuals with disabilities, in addition, to the 42 units of basic education classes needed for an associates degree. The 18 units of DSE classes (CSU transferable) include: Introduction to Developmental Disabilities (DSE 1501), Documentation and Individual Rights and Choices (DSE 1502), Introduction to Medication Support (DSE 1503), Cultural Competency (DSE 1504), Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Dealing with Challenging Behavior (DSE 1505), and Maltreatment and Safety at Home and in the Community (DSE 1506). At this time, all of these classes are offered online. 

This program is designed to equip students who are currently working with individuals with disabilities or want to work in this field with a strong foundation in skills in effective communication, understanding of the systems that are associated with working with individuals with disabilities, general guidelines and documentation methods, the importance of confidentiality, how to support people as they effectively and safely manage their basic health, personal needs, how to deal with behavioral issues, maltreatment of individuals with disabilities, mandatory reporting, self advocacy, and safety. The courses will also cover topics that deal with a wide variety of personal perspectives, different cultures and life circumstances. 

In addition, the core classes of the DSE program can also be used by individuals who work in the medical field, social services, teachers, and any other professionals that work with individuals with disabilities for CEU’s. These classes, and the entire associate’s degree, are offered online. Since Taft College is the only Junior College that offers an Associates degree in DSE, online classes allow students to participate no matter where they live.

For more information contact: Susan Vaughan, Learning Specialist, Taft College, 661.763.7927 or e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).