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Leadership in Disability Studies Certificate

Interested in Earning the ILDS Certificate?

This page presents the scoop on declaring the ILDS Certificate as a major and applying to graduate with the ILDS Certificate. Both of these steps need to be taken in addition to completing the course of study to earn the ILDS Certificate. You can also contact Dr. Petri (contact information at right) for help with these steps.

UMKC Graduate Student

If you are already a UMKC graduate student, the first thing you want to do is talk with your advisor. Use this website to help you plan how to get the most out of your ILDS Certificate.

Declare the certificate program as a major. To do this, obtain the Declaration of Major form from the UMKC Registrar's Office online: http://www.umkc.edu/registrar/forms-resources/default.asp . You will find it under Student Forms and then under Degrees and Graduation. This form will seem confusing to complete for a Certificate. Here are some helpful hints:

  1. If you already have a Primary Major, complete this as a Secondary
  2. Career = Graduate
  3. Program = Graduate Studies / Institute for Human Development
  4. Plan = Graduate Certificate / Interdisciplinary Leadership in Disability Studies
  5. Signature = Dr. Alexis Petri
  6. In the column on the right, note that you are "Adding to Existing"

While you are completing requirements for the certificate, keep in touch with Dr. Petri. This is an interdisciplinary certificate and you will be taking courses across several departments. Dr. Petri will help you navigate enrollment if needed.

When all of your courses are complete, then you must apply to graduate for the Certificate in addition to your other graduate degree. You can do this on the same form. If you need the application for graduation, download it form the UMKC Registrar's Office: http://www.umkc.edu/registrar/forms-resources/default.asp . You will find it under Student Forms and then under Degrees and Graduation. This form has a space for Graduate Level Degrees Certificate Program. Check the box and then list Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability Studies in the blank. You can apply for everything on this form, so you will also likely check the box for "Master of" and then add the Plan/Major information for your primary program.

Not a UMKC Graduate Student - Yet

Are you interested in earning the Certificate on its own? If so, follow these steps to get started.

  1. Apply to UMKC - you can do this directly through the School of Graduate Studies, http://sgs.umkc.edu/forms/index.asp
  2. Declare the certificate program as a major. To do this, obtain the Declaration of Major form from the UMKC Registrar's Office online: http://www.umkc.edu/registrar/forms-resources/default.asp . You will find it under Student Forms and then under Degrees and Graduation.
  3. While you are completing requirements for the certificate, keep in touch with Dr. Petri. This is an interdisciplinary certificate and you will be taking courses across several departments. Dr. Petri will help you navigate enrollment if needed.
  4. When all of your courses are complete, then you must apply to graduate for the Certificate in addition to your other graduate degree. You can do this on the same form. If you need the application for graduation, download it form the UMKC Registrar's Office: http://www.umkc.edu/registrar/forms-resources/default.asp . You will find it under Student Forms and then under Degrees and Graduation. This form has a space for Graduate Level Degrees Certificate Program. Check the box and then list Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability Studies in the blank. You can apply for everything on this form, so you will also likely check the box for "Master of" and then add the Plan/Major information for your primary program.

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George Gotto, PhD
Director of Interdisciplinary Training


UMKC Institute for Human Development
215 W. Pershing Road, 6th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108
816.235.5334
gottog@umkc.edu


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