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Disability Studies and Community Inclusion - Graduate Certificate

The Disability Studies and Community Inclusion graduate certificate prepares students to be leaders in promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life and across the lifespan. The focus is to understand the nature, meaning, health, social and political implications and consequences of disability within the context of a diverse and global world.

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Describe the the nature, social meaning, health and power structure related to disability.
  2. Explain the social, political and cultural implications of disability.
  3. Analyze the consequences of disability within the context of a diverse and global world.
Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement and professional objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score
    • Minimum 77 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 Duolingo English score

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Rolling admissions
  • Spring Semester
    • Rolling admissions
  • Summer Term
    • Rolling admissions
Coursework

Program Requirements

Certificate Requirements
CULT 56001PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF COMMUNITY INCLUSION 3
CULT 67015DISABILITY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY 3
Certificate Electives, choose from the following:9
ARCH 55640
DEVELOPING ENVIRONMENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS
COMM 55459
COMMUNICATION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
CRIM 66761
LAW, JUSTICE AND SOCIETY
CULT 69510
CLASSICS IN PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
CULT 69691
VARIABLE CONTENT SEMINAR: GREAT IDEAS IN EDUCATION
EPI 63021
ETHICAL ISSUES IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND CLINICAL RESEARCH
GEOG 59072
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE AND HEALTH
GERO 50656
PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
HCD 63001
EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN IN HEALTHCARE
HCD 63004
ENVIRONMENTS OF CARE AND PATIENT POPULATIONS
HDF 54023
BUILDING FAMILY STRENGTHS
HED 52779
HAPPINESS AND HEALTH
HED 64050
HEALTH BEHAVIOR
HED 54051
BIOBEHAVIORAL ASPECTS OF DISEASE PREVENTION IN HEALTH EDUCATION AND PROMOTION
HPM 53010
COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT
HPM 62017
HEALTHCARE LAW AND REGULATION
HPM 63007
PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS: PLANNING, IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION
NURS 60024
HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE AND BEHAVIOR
NURS 70680
POPULATION HEALTH 1
PADM 60310
LEADERSHIP IN THE NONPROFIT AND PUBLIC SECTOR
SBS 54634
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH BEHAVIORS
SBS 64600
EMERGING ISSUES IN LGBTQ+ PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE
SBS 64630
SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY IN PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE
SOC 52563
SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
SOC 62877
SOCIOLOGY OF AGING AND THE LIFE COURSE
SPA 54010
SOCIAL COMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT AND DISORDERS IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
SPA 64309
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS: THEORY AND DIAGNOSIS
SPA 70627
MULTICULTURAL ISSUES IN AUDIOLOGY 1
SPED 53030
APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS I: THEORY AND TECHNIQUES
SPED 53050
CHARACTERISTICS OF STUDENTS WITH MILD/MODERATE INTERVENTION NEEDS
SPED 53051
CHARACTERISTICS OF STUDENTS WITH MODERATE/INTENSIVE INTERVENTION NEEDS
SPED 53070
PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING FOR TRANSITIONS
SPED 53101
DEAF CULTURE AND COMMUNITY
SPED 53309
INTRODUCTION TO DEAF STUDIES
SPED 63959
MEDICAL ASPECTS OF LIFESPAN DISABILITIES
SPED 64309
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS: THEORY AND DIAGNOSIS
SPED 80040
RESEARCH GRANT DEVELOPMENT FOR DISABILITY PROGRAMS 1
UX 60501
INTRODUCTION TO USER EXPERIENCE
UX 60504
ACCESSIBILITY AND UNIVERSAL DESIGN
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15
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Only students admitted to a doctoral degree may register for the doctoral-level courses (70000 and 80000 levels).

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Certificate GPA Minimum Overall GPA
3.000 3.000
  • Students declared in a doctoral degree should enroll in the doctoral level version of these courses, if offered.
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • Fully online
    • Mostly online
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teachers, postsecondary

4.9%

about as fast as the average

13,400

number of jobs

$78,840

potential earnings

Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.