Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Disability Policy and Practice
This 12-hour program consists of courses and practicum, and
is for students in many disciplines who want to work with people with
disabilities and their families. Students will work in educational,
residential, recreational, and day program settings.
- you must have a 3.0 GPA and attend school full
- you must take a course, a
minimum of one practicum and the graduate seminar. Completing an independent
study or research is optional.
- Applications for this certificate program are accepted once per year. The deadline for applications to be accepted into the fall cohort each year is March 1st.
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To apply, you must work through a collaborating department
faculty or faculty member of the Institute for Human Development, and fill out
the Trainee Application in Word or PDF format.
application process is coordinated between a faculty member from your
area of study and Dr. Karen Applequist from the Institute for Human
In addition, you need one letter of recommendation, submitted with
the letter of recommendation form.
We accept applications year-round, but we strongly encourage
you to apply during spring semester so you can start the program in the fall.
The coursework and practicum for the program is from 12-15
hours in the areas of disabilities core, field work/practicum, and
interdisciplinary seminar, and you have the option for independent
study/research. The program should be completed in three semesters and, if you
are accepted into the program, you have the option to apply to become an
The breakdown of the program components are:
- disabilities core (The Disability Core course is a 3 credit hour course that provides a basic understanding of etiology and developmental disabilities characteristics, assessment and intervention approaches, and the contexts for service delivery to those with developmental disabilities.)
- field work/practicum (3-6 credit hours), which gives
you experience in service delivery settings. You can choose between 3-6 hours
of credit and choose to participate in supervised training according to your
interests and the availability of training sites
- interdisciplinary seminar (3 credit hours), which exposes you to roles and functions associated with disciplines in the
disabilities field and you get a first-hand look at the critical issues in
service delivery. The seminar will cover topics such as: interdisciplinary
teaming processes and procedures, provision of culturally competent services,
person/family-centered services, positive behavioral support, assistive
technology, consultation and supervision, and provision of individualized
- optional interdisciplinary independent/research
studies (1-3 credit hours),which gives you the knowledge and skills to provide the
appropriate services to people with disabilities
You can find a more detailed list of the program’s
components in this Word
For more information on the program contact:
Northern Arizona University
Institute for Human Development
P.O. Box 5630
Flagstaff, AZ 86011