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Certificate on Community Inclusion

Certificate on Disability Studies and Community Inclusion

This certificate is a multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate program that prepares students to work with individuals with disabilities in a variety of community settings. The certificate enhances a student's career by preparing them to understand the nature of disabilities, meaning of disability in our society, social, political and health implications of disability, and methods of making our society more inclusive to those who live with disabilities.

Career Enhancement Options

This certificate can be earned in conjunction with or post bachelorette/masters degree to enhance careers as:

Inclusion Specialist in:

  • Recreation and Parks Industry,
  • Tourism, & Hospitality Industry
  • Sport Management and Administration Industry
  • Fitness and Exercise Industry
  • Student Accessibility Services-post secondary and collegiate level
  • Inclusion/Accessibility/Disability specialization in careers in:
    • Political Science, Justice Studies, Sociology,
    • Education, Public Health, Youth Development,
    • Law, Family Studies, Art Education, Dance Education &
    • Performance, Communications, Health Education

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Undergraduate Certificate

The certificate is open to undergraduate students who are pursuing a bachelors degree or professionals who have already earned a bachelors degree. The certificate may be earned in conjunction with other degrees at Kent State University or other institutions.

The Certificate program is flexible, with minimal required courses beyond those needed to complete a bachelors degree. There are a total of 16 credit hours to be earned, with 9 credits in the core area of courses and 7 credits of electives. Electives are multidisciplinary in which students can choose courses from 15 different departments or majors. Students can tailor the courses taken toward completion of the certificate to meet their unique professional interests.


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Graduate Certificate

The certificate may be received in conjunction with degrees from Kent State University or other institution at the Specialist’s, Master’s, or Doctoral levels. Students thus receive basic preparation in their selected discipline or major, while concurrently obtaining specialized training in Disability Studies and Community Inclusion through the certificate program.

To be eligible for the Graduate Disability Studies and Community Inclusion Certificate Program a student must be matriculated in a graduate degree program or hold a graduate degree from an accredited institution. Students may be admitted with non degree status, but they must complete a graduate degree program prior to being awarded the Certificate.

The certificate program is flexible with minimal required courses beyond those needed to complete degree requirements. There are a total of 16 credit hours to be earned, with 6 credits in the core area of courses and 10 credits of electives. Electives are multidisciplinary in which students can choose courses from 10 different departments or majors. Students can tailor the courses taken toward completion of the certificate to meet their unique professional interests.

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Contact for more Information:

Dr. Mary Ann Devine, Associate Professor

Telephone: 330-672-0214

e-mail: mdevine@kent.edu