Direct Support Professionals
You can earn college credit at TCC for training received from the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Services Division. Upon receiving proof of completion and earning 12 additional hours of credit at TCC, TCC will award three credit hours to you for completing the Direct Support Professional Foundations class offered by the State of Oklahoma.
Earn a DSP Certificate of Achievement by completing 15 credit hours in the following competency-based college courses:
- Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
- Models for Supporting Individuals with Disabilities
- Direct Support Professional I
- Direct Support Professional Practicum
- Direct Support Professional Foundations (This course is offered by the State of Oklahoma as DSP entry-level required training. Course credit available upon proof of completion.)
This program has courses available online and in blended format (both online and in-person) with statewide access. Courses are aligned with nationally recognized standards of competence and professional affiliation in the disabilities field. (An Associate in Applied Science degree in Developmental Disabilities is available at TCC).
Enhance skills and knowledge for enhancement and advancement in your career:
- DSP professional organization
- Student and work leadership opportunities
- Additional certificate of achievement for DSP supervisors
- Associate degree in Developmental Disabilities
- Individualized career planning
About Direct Support Professionals Project
Tulsa Community College and the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council have developed a Direct Support Professionals Project to enhance the quality and stability of the workforce serving individuals with developmental disabilities. This project creates meaningful career paths that lead to best practices in the field of developmental disabilities.
The DSP Project is a statewide collaborative effort involving:
- Individuals with developmental disabilities
- Family members
- DSPs (inclusive of all levels of employed staff working in the field of developmental disabilities)
- Educators and trainers
- Support agencies
The DSP Project has several facets
Develop college credit courses that enhance career opportunities for DSPs in Oklahoma
- Establish a statewide professional organization for DSPs and interested individuals at all levels
- Enhance recognition of the professional nature of the work of DSPs
- Participate in efforts to promote best practices in service delivery to individuals with developmental disabilities
- Participate in efforts to promote wages commensurate with the skills and knowledge required in this field
- Promote statewide access to degree/career paths in developmental disabilities in Oklahoma
For more information on the DSP Project, contact TCC Associate Professor of Human Services
Diane Potts, DSP project director, at 918.595.7416 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The DSP Project supports these goals through the development of college course work aligned with nationally recognized standards of competence and professional affiliation for all interested individuals and groups.