Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies

The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies (DDS) is a 15 credit graduate level (master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral) program sponsored by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) in the College of Education. An interdisciplinary approach to disabilities and diversity issues, the program attracts students across disciplines such as education, social work, psychology, public health, law, nursing, and political science. Students participate in interdisciplinary experiences with the goal to acquire skills in joint planning, decision-making, goal setting and to understand contemporary disability issues, research, and effective practices from a social, political, cultural and historical context.

The certificate courses are offered through distance education. Typically, DIS 683 disability and diversity issues and DIS 681 multicultural issues in disabilities are offered each fall. DIS 684 interdisciplinary team development and DIS 68 seminar in disability issues are typically offered each spring. Non-residents (international and out of state students) may apply for DDS courses through outreach college and pay in-state tuition rates.

CDS has trained over 740 classified graduate students from 15 disciplines during the last 15 years. CDS supports more than 40 extramural projects, has 3 national research centers, and includes more than 130 university faculty, staff, students, and professionals from a variety of health and human service disciplines.

Questions about the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies? Please contact Norma Jean Stodden at, or by phone at (808) 956-4454.