Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies

Format: Online, On Campus

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; its impact on the service delivery, services and supports to people with disabilities; its 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. It prepares students to further or begin a career working with and for people with a wide range of disabilities and is ideal for administrators, social service professionals, educators, scholars who wish a specialization in Disability Studies, people with disabilities or family members, and advocates. 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

Applications for Spring 2018 due by November 30, 2017

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December 21, 2016

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In her moving story, Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies alum Ming Canaday juxtaposes her and her friend's disparate experiences as individuals with disabilities in China, and urges the Chinese government to implement intervention and inclusive education programs to accommodate people with all types of disabilities.
Mariette Bates Receiving Award

Dr. Mariette Bates Receives Distinguished Honor from Friends of Asha Niketan, Inc.

September 19, 2016

On Thursday, September 16, 2016, Friends of Asha Niketan held their annual luncheon during which time they honored Dr. Mariette Bates, academic director of the disability studies programs at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS), for her contributions, leadership, and advocacy in academia and the human services field.