We offer online curricula for emerging professionals that support people with physical and mental disabilities. Covering a growing range of roles, from direct support to employment services, we connect workers to a standardized set of skills that celebrates their contribution to society.

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DirectCourse Webinar Examines Direct Service Workforce Core Competencies

As the need for direct service workers (DSW) increases nationwide, ensuring that they provide quality support is of paramount importance. However, for DSWs, pay has […]

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Minnesota Utilizes College of Direct Support for Statewide DSP Training

Last year, the State of Minnesota entered a contract with DirectCourse to make the College of Direct Support curriculum available to all county, tribal and […]

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The College of Direct Support (CDS) is a set of web-based courses designed for direct support professionals (DSPs) and others who support individuals with disabilities. This flexible coursework is designed to connect them with a nationally recognized set of skills and a clear career path, and to celebrate their important role in helping the people they support toward developing richer, more fulfilling lives.

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“The College of Direct Support is creating not only a common knowledge base among all direct support professionals, but also a common culture. With all DSPs, support coordinators and supervisors exposed to the same set of values and approaches, we are building a solid foundation for respectful and positive relationships and high quality supports and services.”

Nancy Thaler, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services