Type of Degree

Certificate of Graduate Study

School or College

College of Education and Social Services

Area of Study

Education and community

Program Format

Hybrid, Part-time

Credit hours to graduate

18

Housed at the UVM Center on Disability & Community Inclusion

Program Overview

Disability Studies recognizes that disability is present in all aspects of research, study, and life, and that everyone benefits from studying disability as we work towards equity in all spaces.

Students emerge from the Disability Studies program at the UVM Center on Disability & Community Inclusion (CDCI) with a deeper understanding of the cultures of disability, as well as a personally relevant, real-world project that demonstrates how they understand and support disability equity.

Perfect for working professionals, LEND fellows or trainees, or in-service educators. Current UVM graduate students can complete the certificate along with their main field of study.

Outcomes

  • Enhance your ability to work with people with disabilities in your community
  • Advance your skills and career opportunities, and
  • Pursue a real-world approach to equity in action.

This program provides people from a variety of different backgrounds the opportunity to acquire knowledge critical to understanding and supporting persons with disabilities in communities.

Bring graduate level studies and disability expertise to your work. Learn how to make a real difference in the world, with and for people with disabilities. 

View Coursework

Download the Disability Studies program brochure (.pdf)


Video: Five Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact

Program Coordinator Winnie Looby:

Curriculum

  1. Global Disability Studies (EDSP 3990)
  2. Culture of Disability (EDSP 5250)
  3. 12 additional UVM graduate credits of your choosing. This usually equals four additional courses.

Deadlines

Rolling application deadline.

Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites

In order to pursue this certificate program, individuals must have:

  • completed a bachelor's degree,
  • official transcripts from each college or university where credit has been earned,
  • three letters of recommendation, and
  • a personal statement.

While not a requirement, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended to ensure academic success at the advanced level.

Application Process

How you'll apply to the program depends on whether you are already enrolled at UVM (either part- or full-time) or another similar program. Please note that in all scenarios, you will apply through the UVM Graduate College.

1. Students who are not currently enrolled at UVM may enroll in a UVM graduate program solely to complete this certificate of graduate studies in the interdisciplinary study of disability. Applicants who are seeking admission to the Certificate of Graduate Study program only should follow regular online procedures for applying to the UVM Graduate College.

2. Students who are already enrolled in a UVM graduate program may develop an approved plan for taking the required 18 credits to complete this certificate in addition to their current graduate program.

3. Current UVM VT LEND Trainees may integrate their VT LEND coursework into an individualized plan of study that meets the competency requirements for this certificate.

4. Students who are currently enrolled in the VT LEND program, but not currently enrolled in a UVM graduate program, must complete the full online graduate application.

Questions?

All prospective students should make an appointment to talk with Dr. Winnie Looby, the academic coordinator of the program. She can help you determine which category you fall into, and which application process you will pursue.

More

Video: Learn more about the Disability Studies Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

Disability Studies recognizes that disability is present in all aspects of research, study, and life, and that everyone benefits from studying disability as we work towards equity in all spaces.

Students emerge from the Disability Studies program at the UVM Center on Disability & Community Inclusion (CDCI) with a deeper understanding of the cultures of disability, as well as a personally relevant, real-world project that demonstrates how they understand and support disability equity.

Perfect for working professionals, LEND fellows or trainees, or in-service educators. Current UVM graduate students can complete the certificate along with their main field of study.

Outcomes

  • Enhance your ability to work with people with disabilities in your community
  • Advance your skills and career opportunities, and
  • Pursue a real-world approach to equity in action.

This program provides people from a variety of different backgrounds the opportunity to acquire knowledge critical to understanding and supporting persons with disabilities in communities.

Bring graduate level studies and disability expertise to your work. Learn how to make a real difference in the world, with and for people with disabilities. 

View Coursework

Download the Disability Studies program brochure (.pdf)


Video: Five Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your frequently asked questions.

Contact

Program Coordinator Winnie Looby:

Curriculum

  1. Global Disability Studies (EDSP 3990)
  2. Culture of Disability (EDSP 5250)
  3. 12 additional UVM graduate credits of your choosing. This usually equals four additional courses.

Deadlines

Rolling application deadline.

Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites

In order to pursue this certificate program, individuals must have:

  • completed a bachelor's degree,
  • official transcripts from each college or university where credit has been earned,
  • three letters of recommendation, and
  • a personal statement.

While not a requirement, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended to ensure academic success at the advanced level.

Application Process

How you'll apply to the program depends on whether you are already enrolled at UVM (either part- or full-time) or another similar program. Please note that in all scenarios, you will apply through the UVM Graduate College.

1. Students who are not currently enrolled at UVM may enroll in a UVM graduate program solely to complete this certificate of graduate studies in the interdisciplinary study of disability. Applicants who are seeking admission to the Certificate of Graduate Study program only should follow regular online procedures for applying to the UVM Graduate College.

2. Students who are already enrolled in a UVM graduate program may develop an approved plan for taking the required 18 credits to complete this certificate in addition to their current graduate program.

3. Current UVM VT LEND Trainees may integrate their VT LEND coursework into an individualized plan of study that meets the competency requirements for this certificate.

4. Students who are currently enrolled in the VT LEND program, but not currently enrolled in a UVM graduate program, must complete the full online graduate application.

Questions?

All prospective students should make an appointment to talk with Dr. Winnie Looby, the academic coordinator of the program. She can help you determine which category you fall into, and which application process you will pursue.

More

Video: Learn more about the Disability Studies Graduate Certificate