The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Certificate at Cincinnati State prepares graduates for jobs that serve and care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students gain skills related to providing care and treatment options and understanding legal rights of clients while working in educational, social services, or healthcare positions

Certificate students also participate in experiential learning, where they practice applying their skills in an organizational or agency setting.

Students who are earning the certificate select elective courses from a track that aligns with their career goals: either Behavioral Sciences or Early Childhood Education.

Students earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Human and Social Services (HSS), or Health Sciences Technology (HSCT) may want to add the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Certificate as preparation to effectively support children or adult clients who are affected by disabilities.

Graduates of the certificate program also are prepared for entry-level work in group homes, foster care agencies, respite services, supported employment programs, adult day programs, vocational rehabilitation agencies, and early childhood intervention programs.


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Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Gain entry-level employment in waiver-supported respite/attendant care services, foster care agencies, group homes, supported employment centers, and child/adult day services
  • In combination with an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education, Human and Social Services, or Health Sciences Technology, competently address challenges and opportunities of working with children or adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Varied, depending on employer and level of education attained

Graduate Employment Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job opportunities in community and social service occupations, human services assistant occupations, and healthcare occupations will grow by 14 to 18 percent through 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. According to local employers, graduates of the IDDC certificate program who are seeking entry-level employment can expect to be preferred over candidates without this training and experience. For graduates who also earn an associate's degree, job prospects are excellent.

$22,290 - $39,860 median annual salary (certificate only)

Graduate Starting Salary Projections


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Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Certificate (IDDC)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
IDD 105 Introduction to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 3 0 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
XXX XXX Track Elective 1 3 0 3
Semester 2
IDD 110 Community Services for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 3 0 3
XXX XXX Track Elective 2 3 0 3
XXX XXX Track Elective 3 3 0 3
Semester 3
IDD 115 Legal Rights and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 3 0 3
IDD 190 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Practicum 1 7 2
EMS 100 CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional 1 0 1
Total Credits: 24


Students should meet with an advisor prior to selecting electives.

Behavioral Sciences Track Electives
HSV 110 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSV 115 Counseling and Interviewing Techniques 3
PSY 225 Lifespan Development 3
Early Childhood Education Track Electives
EDU 105 Introduction to Education 3
ECE 145 The Developing Child 3
EDU 200 Individuals with Exceptionalities 3

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