Programs of Study

Direct Support

Certificate  |  Graduation Requirements: 30 credits

NY State Tuition Assistance Program financial aid is available for part-time study (min. of 6 credits required), so don't get passed over and miss out on your chance for a good job by being under-qualified.

Program Summary:

The Direct Support Practice Certificate program prepares students to join the community of care that supports and promotes all the aspects of a productive, meaningful, and fulfilling life for people with disabilities.

Students gain an understanding of care through an inclusive model that safeguards and enriches the health and well-being of individuals with complex needs.

The program is for students interested in pursuing a career working with individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as current practitioners looking to advance their current position. Through academic courses and a practicum provided at a community organization (local agencies may offer credit for onboarding training), the program offers tangible ways to gain confidence and competence in specific skill areas.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the Direct Support Practice Certificate program a student will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the theory and practice of skills in direct care practice
  • Provide direct support services to children, individuals, families, and groups in home or community settings
  • Through the practicum experience think critically and communicate effectively in situations within the field of direct care practice
  • Apply the strong foundation of knowledge to continued academic and professional education

The SUNY Sullivan


  • The Direct Support program is for students starting out in the field as well as for practitioners looking to advance their current position.

  • A Direct Support program practicum is provided at a community organization and local agencies may offer credit for onboarding training.

General Psychology
Introduction to Human Services
Introduction to Behavioral Principles
Human Services Practicum
Professional Ethics in Human Services
Ethics By Advisement
Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Composition I
Liberal Arts Elective


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