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The PATHS Certificate Program is your path to a successful career as a Direct Support Professional working with people with disabilities.

The PATHS Certificate Program is a program offered at the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University that will prepare graduates to be Direct Support Professionals. This two semester certificate program prepares graduates for employment in a career serving people with disabilities.


Applications are now being accepted for 2014-15

Students interested in pursuing an education to train as a Direct Support Professional working with people with disabilities and the elderly are encouraged to apply now for the 2014-15 PATHS program.


Congratulations to the PATHS Class of 2013!

2013 paths graduates group

On May 9, 2013 the PATHS program graduated twelve students -- nine earned their basic registration as Direct Support Professionals, and three earned the DSP-C professional certification.

PATHS Student Walter Shumac Featured in Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities Annual Report

(View TCDD Annual Report)

PATHS student, Walter Shumac studies for a testEach year, TCDD is required to submit to the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities a program performance report that summarizes activities and accomplishments achieved while implementing the approved State Plan. In this report, the TCDD features the PATHS program at the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University and one of its students, Walter Shumac III. The report includes results of consumer satisfaction and stakeholder surveys, as well as other specific measures required by AIDD. In addition, TCDD develops a summarized version of the report, which describes key accomplishments and outcomes.