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To meet the national demand for human service professionals, MSU now offers this established program online for individuals looking for careers in leadership, program planning, and service coordination for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities in programs throughout the nation.

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Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Minot State University is a leader in the preparation of Human Services Professionals and has been for over thirty years. Through a contract with the Developmental Disabilities Division of the Department of Human Services, MSU delivers training for direct support and other professionals statewide. University faculty collaborate with service providers to ensure that the coursework and field experiences have direct application to the challenges faced by human service professionals.

To meet the national demand for human service professionals, MSU now offers this established program completely online for individuals looking for careers in leadership, program planning, and service coordination for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities in programs throughout the nation.

Purpose of the program
To provide Human Services Professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to provide effective services and supports that enable individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead self-determined and personally satisfying lives.

Program goals

  • Provide exemplary learning experiences
  • Promote best practices
  • Recognize expertise
  • Support professional development and career paths

Earn while you learn
Agencies often seek to promote direct support professionals who have proven their commitment and skills to these positions, but a bachelor’s degree is required to fulfill funding agency requirements. MSU’s online career ladder is the perfect solution for employers, direct support and other professionals. Service providers are able to retain their valued employees while they earn their degree. Students/employees may enter and exit the career ladder at the level that matches their career goals:

  • Certificate of Completion in I/DD*
  • Associate of Science in Human Services with a major in I/DD*
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a major in I/DD

* In North Dakota, employees of Community Based I/DD service agencies may complete 100-200 level I/DD courses through their employer for recording fees. These courses are also required for the BS in I/DD.

Career opportunities
Graduates with a BS in Human Services with a Major in Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities will meet the Federal degree requirements for a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) also referred to as Program Coordinator or Case Manager in many waivered services. Other career options include leadership and supervisory positions in private and public human service organizations as well as state agencies.

Field Experience
Experiential Learning or Field Experience is a priority at Minot State University. The BS in I/DD program consists of a two-tier field experience model.

Tier 1 
The sophomore field experience is completed in a community setting serving individuals with I/DD. This experience may be at the agency where the student is currently employed.

Tier 2
The senior externship or final field experience is distributed between the agency where the student is currently employed and external agencies as designated by the placement coordinator.

Core values
The MSU I/DD programs reflect the following core values consistent with the NADSP Code of Ethics for Direct Support Professionals and the National Association of Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals:

  • Person centered supports
  • Physical and emotional well-being
  • Integrity, responsibility, and dedication
  • Confidentiality
  • Justice, fairness and equity
  • Respect and compassion
  • Meaningful relationships and inclusive opportunities
  • Self-determination
  • Advocacy
  • Collaboration/teamwork
  • Lifelong learning and professional development
  • Excellence in program planning
  • Evidence-based interventions
Career Ladder Opportunities

1. Certificate of Completion in Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
The Certificate of Completion in Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities is designed to meet a national demand for paraprofessional training of personnel who support individuals with I/DD in the community. Students will be required to take SPED 101 and at least 12 semester hours of electives from the remaining courses in the Associate of Science in Human Services with a major in I/DD. 

2. Associate of Science in Human Services with a Major in Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
he Associate of Science Degree in Human Services with a major in Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the designated 30 credits of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities coursework and the 38 credits of General Education coursework.

3. Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a Major in Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (non-teaching)
Graduates of this program typically seek program coordination and supervisory positions in the adult developmental disabilities service industry. Although this degree is designed as a career ladder choice for graduates of MSU’s Associate of Science program, the Associate of Science degree is not required for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Disabilities degree. Like the Associate of Science degree, students in this four-year program take advantage of many paid, hands-on experiences in the I/DD service industry.

All courses in the required I/DD core are offered in distance format, through asynchronous online technologies.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, please go to course catalog.

All courses subject to change.

Contact Information
Evan D. Borisinkoff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Special Education
Phone: 701-858-3055 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3055
evan.borisinkoff@minotstateu.edu