Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Disability Policy and Practice
This graduate certificate program
prepares you to be an effective member of an interdisciplinary
team working with people with disabilities and their families. Through a
combination of learning activities in four courses you will build your
understanding of current disability issues viewed from a disability studies
perspective including policy, evidenced-based practices, person-centered
planning, ethics, advocacy, and self-determination.
Students and professionals from
many disciplines will learn how to apply a disability studies perspective to
the work they do in services for persons with disabilities in educational,
clinical, and community programs. The knowledge and skills acquired from this certificate
program will prepare graduates to promote increased access, attitude and
inclusion for persons with disabilities.
This online, graduate
certificate program requires admission to the NAU graduate college. There are
no admission requirements over and above the NAU graduate admission
The certificate requirements
are the following 12 units:
- DIS 503:
Foundations of Disability Studies
- DIS 504:
Applications of a Disability Studies Framework
- DIS 507:
Advanced Principles of Family Support, Self-Determination and Disability
- DIS 689:
* If this certificate is completed in conjunction with a Master’s
Degree, DIS 689 may be replaced with thesis (699), research (685) or capstone
credits (689) in another discipline. Approval from the thesis/research/capstone
chair and the IHD program is required for this substitution. Please see the IHD
Graduate Certificate handbook for policies and procedures.
certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or
as a stand-alone certificate. Under both
circumstances, federal financial aid can be used for this certificate. We accept applications year-round.
Be aware that some courses
may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information
click on the course or see your advisor.
sequence can be done within a 2-semester (fall and spring) academic year with
students taking 2 courses each semester; DIS 503 and DIS 507 in the fall
semester then DIS 504 and DIS 689 in the spring semester.
needing to take only one course per semester the sequence would be: Fall I- DIS 503, Spring
I-DIS 504 with Fall II-DIS 507 and Spring II-DIS 689.
For more information on the graduate certificate program please contact:
Karen Applequist (928)523-9276
Katherine Mahosky (928)523-3614
Northern Arizona University
Institute for Human Development
P.O. Box 5630
Flagstaff, AZ 86011