The Interdisciplinary Leadership in Disability Studies certificate program
is offered through the School of Graduate Studies and the Institute for
Human Development. Disability Studies is a relatively new,
interdisciplinary field that studies disability from a social and
cultural context. The certificate can be completed either in
conjunction with a graduate degree program or as a free-standing
credential. Students in such diverse fields as sociology, psychology,
nursing, pharmacy, law, social work, public administration, urban
planning and design and education are well suited for this certificate.
Students who receive the certificate will be prepared to influence
public policy, professional practice, societal arrangements and
cultural values that shape the meaning of disability.
Law 815S: Leadership in Disability Studies: A Multidisciplinary Approach (3 hrs.)
SW 5563 (cross-listed with Psych 541): Life Span Issues in Developmental Disabilities (3 hrs.)
SGS 501: Disability & Community Support, An Academic Service Learning Course (3 hrs.) (Prerequisite: Law 815S & Psych 541)
for admission to the Interdisciplinary Leadership Certificate in
Possession of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution is required. Application for admission to the Leadership Certificate in Disability Studies program must be made to the School of Graduate Studies.
At least 60 percent of the certificate course work must be at or above the 500 level.Credit hours:
A minimum of 12 credit hours is required for the certificate.Requirements for retention:
Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average while enrolled. The minimum acceptable grade for 400 level courses is B, and for 500 level and above courses, B-.Time limit for completion of certificate program:
All work toward the Leadership Certificate in Disability Studies must be completed in 4 years.
For additional information contact:
Mike McCarthy, M.A. Ed.
UMKC Institute for HNman Development
2220 Holmes St., #308, Kansas City, MO 64108