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Human Services: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Core Values
The Minot State Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) program reflects the following core values consistent with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) Code of Ethics and the National Association of Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals (NAQ):
  • Person-centered supports
  • Physical and emotional well-being
  • Integrity, responsibility, and dedication
  • Confidentiality
  • Justice, fairness, and equality
  • Respect and compassion
  • Meaningful relationships and inclusive opportunities
  • Self-determination
  • Advocacy
  • Collaboration/teamwork
  • Lifelong learning and professional development
  • Excellence
  • Evidence-based practices
Field experience
To provide you with a successful skill set, we make it a priority to offer experiential learning or field experiences. The 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 a volunteer or paid experience.
  • TIER 2: The senior externship or final field experience is developed by University faculty in consultation with the student based on his or her career aspirations.

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Be inspired . . . earn our human services: intellectual and developmental disabilities degree

Minot State is a leader in the preparation of human service professionals for over thirty years. Our 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, we offer this established program online.
Job opportunities
A degree in I/DD helps you 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 and state agencies.
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. Minot State’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. You may enter and exit the career ladder at the level that matches your career goals.
Learn with us
As a future human service professional, you will be armed 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. You will learn to:
  • Provide exemplary learning experiences
  • Promote best practices
  • Recognize expertise
  • Support professional development and career path
All courses in the required I/DD core are offered in distance format through asynchronous online technologies.

Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.