Advanced Certificate in Disability Services in Higher Education

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Spring 2023 Priority Deadline: November 3, 2022
  • Spring 2023 Regular Deadline: December 8, 2022

In order to help close the graduation gap between students with disabilities and the national average, it is crucial to professionalize the field of disability services so that college staff can provide all students with the support and accommodations needed to thrive within higher education. According to federal data, fewer than 35% of students with disabilities graduate from four-year institutions within eight years, with outcomes at two-year institutions meeting a similar rate.

The Advanced Certificate in Disability Services in Higher Education, a fully online program, equips disability service office workers with the skills and knowledge to effectively champion college students with disabilities. This 12-credit program targets two groups: those who already have a master’s degree but want more information about specific topics in disability services, and those with a bachelor’s degree who are not ready to engage in a master’s program.

All credits earned while enrolled in the advanced certificate can be applied to the MS in Disability Services in Higher Education online degree program. (With a grade of B or better from these classes.)

Students of this program are taught by disability advocates and nationally recognized practitioners who have expertise in the following areas:

  • The major theories and models used to frame disability
  • Best practices in providing disability services in a college or other public setting
  • Assisting college administration and relevant departments in developing policies and guidelines regarding provision of services to students with disabilities
  • Arranging support and access in the classroom and non-classroom activities and college settings, including public college events

Course Curriculum

For information regarding the course curriculum, please email Disability Studies.

Career Prospects

The Advanced Certificate in Disability Services in Higher Education is ideal for disability services office staff in colleges and universities, student services staff members, human resources professionals, or higher education administrators. Accommodations specialists working in institutions that serve the public, such as sports arenas, libraries, parks, churches, or social service offices, will also find the coursework very valuable.

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. The letter of recommendation may be submitted before or after submitting an application.  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 2023 Priority Deadline: November 3, 2022
  • Spring 2023 Regular Deadline: December 8, 2022
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Spring Lecture Series Honors Those Fighting for Disability Reform

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Organized by the disability studies programs, the two-part series commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1972 exposé of Willowbrook State School.

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October 29, 2021

Applications are now open for the new Advanced Certificate in Disability Services in Higher Education at CUNY SPS.