Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Spring 2022 Priority Deadline: November 4, 2021
  • Spring 2022 Regular Deadline: December 9, 2021

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, including its philosophy and key concepts. In this certificate program, students will explore the impact on services and supports, and their delivery, to people with disabilities. They will also examine the importance of 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, including the social sciences, humanities, science, social policy, and the law.  Designed around the a fundamental belief that the direct experience of individuals with disabilities is paramount, and using the social model perspective of disability the advanced certificate 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 provides students with the skills 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.

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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 2022 Priority Deadline: November 4, 2021
  • Spring 2022 Regular Deadline: December 9, 2021
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Student/Alumni Profiles

Angie Fuoco

Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies 2016

"Because of my CUNY SPS certificate, I’m tasked with more responsibilities for helping people with disabilities, which I love to do.”

Katherine Smith

Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies and MA in Disability Studies 2009 and 2012

"My CUNY SPS master’s degree in disability studies allows me to approach my job in a much different light....providing a more objective assessment.”

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

Online Learning Consortium Announces 2021 OLC Accelerate Award Winners

August 25, 2021

Online Learning Consortium

CUNY SPS disability studies faculty member Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler has been named a winner of the Online Learning Consortium's 2021 OLC Accelerate award, which celebrates peer-reviewed excellence in digital teaching and learning practice and scholarship, equity and inclusion, and open education.
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Disability Studies Journal Posts Call for Papers

August 19, 2021

Faculty, students, and other members of the CUNY SPS disability studies community are encouraged to submit to Issue #3 of the Journal of Teaching Disability Studies.

CUNY Disability Awareness Month 2021

CUNY Disability Awareness Month 2021 Honored With Service and Scholarship

April 13, 2021

CUNY SPS is celebrating CUNY Disability Awareness Month, a University-wide observance that seeks to recognize disability culture and share CUNY’s continued commitment to equal...

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Journal of Teaching Disability Studies Releases 2nd Issue

February 17, 2021

The Journal of Teaching Disability Studies, a peer-reviewed academic journal edited by the CUNY SPS disability studies program, published its second issue.