Why study Developmental Disabilities?

The Undergraduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities in UC’s School of Social Work in the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) is designed to provide students from social work, allied health, nursing, medicine, political science, psychology, sociology, counseling, criminal justice, and other disciplines with the knowledge and skills to work with persons with developmental disabilities in a variety of social, healthcare, and educational settings. Students will explore and understand theories, programs, policies, interventions, and services related to this population.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Certificate program does not imply admission to any University of Cincinnati degree programs. Students who wish to earn an undergraduate degree in addition to the Certificate must follow the application requirements of the respective undergraduate program of interest.

Candidates who succeed in the developmental disabilities field demonstrate:

  • A history of academic success
  • The ability to collaborate with others, including those from diverse populations
  • Leadership characteristics
  • Responsible, empathic, honest and ethical behavior
  • A commitment to social justice and a diverse society
  • A history of good critical thinking and problem solving
Students will increase their competitiveness for positions in organizations that work for and with individuals with developmental disabilities, including healthcare providers, home-based services, education providers, recreation agencies, and other private and public sector organizations.
The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) in the College of Allied Health Sciences houses Academic Advising, which is available to assist future and current students with their academic goals.
The Certificate in Developmental Disabilities is a collaboration between the UC School of Social Work and the UC Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD). The UCCEDD is a partnership program between the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). The Certificate is in response to the rapidly growing disability field in Ohio and the U.S. which has led to high employer demand. It can be combined with other UC undergraduate degrees.
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Amy McMahon
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 556-4621

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Program Code: 35CRT-DD-C2