The PATHS Certificate Program works in collaboration with the Institute on Person-Centered Practices and Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living. The Institute is a partnership between the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University and the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. 



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.


Congratulations to the PATHS Class of 2014!

2014 PATHS graduates

Picture in Front – Eric Ramirez, Jonathan Roppolo, Alisa King, Ruby Jackson and William Greig

Standing Left to Right: Erin Shaw, Joanna Tellez, Rebecca Briones, Havilah Walsh, Mycahla Street, Gavin Kosinski, Alyssa Enriquez, Kelley Etheridge, Ryan Bustamante, Ashley Eldridge, Hollie Mobbs, Nathan Van Nostrand, Tommy Gingise, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Jennifer Morris, Trenton Vickers, Kristopher McGlynn, Alexis Orozco, Brittany Nunn.


Photos from the 2014-15 PATHS Orientation can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the image below.

PATHS orientation group

Reveille welcomes the 2014-2015 PATHS students on their first day at Texas A&M.


Photos from the 2014 PATHS Graduation can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the images below.

Graduation photos that link to Flickr photo website

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.

2013 PATHS graduates with Direct Support C 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. 

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