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Human Services: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Consider a career in Intellectual/Development Disabilities (I/DD)
An associate degree in human services with a major in I/DD, will prepare you to become a direct support professional who provides quality supports to individuals with developmental disabilities on the job and in their community.

Climbing the career ladder to a bachelor’s degree will help you meet the federal 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.

Learn while you earn
Agencies often seek to train and promote direct support professionals who have proven their commitment to these positions. Our online career ladder is the perfect solution for employers, direct support, and other professionals seeking advancement in the field. Service providers are able to retain you, a valued employee, while you earn your degree.

You may enter and exit the career ladder at the level that matches your career goals:

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, social and human service assistants earn a median pay of $38,520 per year. Social and community service managers earn a median pay of $74,240.

Offered: Online, AU-ABC

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

Minot State has a 30-year history of preparing human service professionals to specifically support professionals to specifically support individuals with I/DD. To meet the national demand for human service professionals, we offer this established program online.
Learn with Minot State
As a future human service professional, our program will equip you with knowledge and skills needed to provide effective supports that enable individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities to lead self-determined and personally satisfying lives.
In North Dakota, employees of community-based I/DD service agencies may complete 100-200 level I/DD courses through their employer for reduced fees. Also, Minot State offers in-state tuition for all students.
Employment outlook
I/DD professionals are in high demand with above average job market growth. The median pay for the profession is $64,000.

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.

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