Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Spring 2021 Priority Deadline: Pending
  • Spring 2021 Regular Deadline: Pending

The field of Disability Studies fosters a new understanding of contemporary culture, not only for people with disabilities but for society as well. The Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies provides an overview of this emerging discipline: its philosophy and key concepts. Students will review the impact on the services and supports, and their delivery to people with disabilities. The certificate examines the importance in disability research, and its influence in the formation of public policies for people with and without disabilities.

Disability Studies offers a unique opportunity to examine disability from an interdisciplinary perspective, which includes the social sciences, humanities, science, social policy, and the law.  A fundamental premise of the disability studies' approach is that the direct experience of individuals with disabilities is primary.  Using the social model perspective of disability, the program incorporates overlapping lenses through which students discover a new understanding of disability and society. 

Career Prospects

The Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies prepares a new generation of leaders in community-based or governmental agencies. The certificate prepares students to begin or advance in a career working with and for people with a wide range of disabilities. The program is also ideal for administrators, social service professionals, educators, advocates, as well as people with disabilities and their family members. Certificate credits may be applied towards the MA in Disability Studies degree program.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for admission to advanced certificate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher from an accredited undergraduate institution. Applicants are also required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide one letter of recommendation. Applicants who meet the basic eligibility criteria may be asked to take part in an individual interview before final acceptance is determined.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2021 Priority Deadline: Pending
  • Spring 2021 Regular Deadline: Pending
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Student/Alumni Profiles

Daniel Chan

Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies, MA in Disability Studies, and MS in Disability Services in Higher Education 2015, 2016, and 2017

"My CUNY SPS degrees have given me the confidence and credibility to do my job.”

Recent News About Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies

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CUNY SPS Honors Disability Pride Month and 30th ADA Anniversary

July 07, 2020

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is proud to commemorate Disability Pride Month, an annual observance in July designed to recognize and celebrate all people with disabilities, with an event organized by the School’s Abilities and Resources Committee.

Urban Law Journal Symposium Explores Issues of Accessibility in Cities

March 02, 2020

Fordham Law News

Dr. Mariette Bates, Academic Director of the Disability Studies Program at CUNY SPS, is featured in Fordham Urban Law Journal’s Spring 2020 Symposium, which explores issues of accessibility in cities.
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Journal of Teaching Disability Studies to Launch in Fall 2019

March 11, 2019

In an effort to encourage community and advance instruction in the field of disability studies, Dr. Mariette Bates, Academic Director of Disability Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, announced the publication of the Journal of Teaching Disability Studies (JTDS).

I Was Rescued from a Chinese Orphanage. My Friend Wasn't.

December 21, 2016

Foreign Policy

Ming Canaday, Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies alum, tells the moving story about the disparate experiences she and her friend encountered as persons with disabilities in China. She urges the Chinese government to implement intervention and inclusive education programs to accommodate people with all types of disabilities.