Disability Studies and Community Inclusion Graduate Certificate

The Disability Studies and Community Inclusion Certificate is an in-depth program that prepares students to be leaders in their field in providing accessible and inclusive services to persons with disabilities. It may be earned on it’s own or in conjunction with graduate degrees (specialist, masters, doctoral) from Kent State University or other institution.

The certificate program is flexible to meet student needs relative to their interests in issues related to persons with disabilities. Students who earn this certificate can be prepared to provide accessibility and inclusion services to individuals with disabilities across the lifespan in multiple life contexts such as: civil rights, area/building accessibility, advocacy, community inclusion, independent living transitioning and support, career preparation/workplace inclusion, support in higher education, or civic engagement, to name a few. 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 where students can choose courses from multiple academic programs. Students can tailor the courses taken toward completion of the certificate to meet their unique professional interests.