Students intending to complete the Disability Rights and Services Certificate will find the declaration form on the School of Education's Certificate Programs page. The declaration for this certificate program can be submitted at any time during the calendar year.

Please note, students completing a major in Rehabilitation Psychology, Special Education or Elementary Ed-Special Education are not eligible to complete this certificate.

Complete a minimum of 12 credits to include at least 6 credits in residence. Completion of the certificate requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 in certificate coursework.

Required courses, 6 credits
RP & SE 100 Disability and Society3
RP & SE 300 Individuals with Disabilities3
Specialization courses, 6 credits
Disability and Substance Abuse
Health and Rehabilitation Professions
Positive Psychology and Well Being
Behavior Analysis: Applications to Persons with Disabilities
Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
Methods in Teaching Functional Skills
Current Topics in Special Education
Diversity in Special Education
Rehabilitation-Counseling Psychology: Foundations
Biological, Psychosocial, and Vocational Aspects of Disabilities

Certificate Completion Requirement

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. Identify and analyze societal barriers and supports that affect the lives of people with disabilities.
  2. Explore the societal aspects of disabilities, including the culture of disabilities, attitudes toward persons with disabilities, and quality of life issues.
  3. Evaluate current approaches, advocacy efforts, and proposed solutions for overcoming barriers experiences by people with disabilities.
  4. Use disability as a lens through which to examine broader aspects of history and culture, including power, discrimination, social stigma, social and political activism, media representations, re-appropriation, identity, intersectionality, education, work, and design.