Certificate of Graduate Studies in the Interdisciplinary Study of Disability

The Certificate of Graduate Studies in the Interdisciplinary Study of Disability is one of the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion's academic offerings at the University of Vermont. Through this program you can:

  • Participate in an exciting and interactive approach to academic learning.
  • Enhance your ability to work with individuals with disabilities in your community.
  • Advance your skills and career opportunities.

About the Certificate Program

A unique interdisciplinary approach to disability studies

The intent of the Certificate of Graduate Studies in the Interdisciplinary Study of Disability is to enhance the diverse education and instructional needs of educators, healthcare professionals, people with disabilities, and family members.

This program provides people with backgrounds in a variety of educational, healthcare and other occupations the opportunity to acquire information and knowledge that is critical to understanding and supporting persons with disabilities in communities.


How to Apply

Admission Requirements

In order to pursue this certificate program, individuals must have:

  • completed a bachelor's degree,
  • completed the Graduate College application (Processing fee is required),
  • official transcripts from each college or university where credit has been earned,
  • three letters of recommendation, and
  • a personal statement.

While not a requirement, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended to ensure academic success at the advanced level.

Application Process

The application process depends on which program of study you choose. All applicants apply through the UVM Graduate College.

  1. Students may enroll in a UVM graduate program solely to complete this certificate of graduate studies in the interdisciplinary study of disability. Applicants who are seeking admission to the Certificate of Graduate Study program only should follow regular online procedures for applying to the UVM Graduate College. 
  2. Students already enrolled in a UVM graduate program may develop an approved plan for taking the required 18 credits to complete this certificate.
  3. Current UVM VT LEND Trainees may integrate their VT LEND coursework into an individualized plan of study that meets the competency requirements for this certificate. Students currently enrolled in the VT LEND program, but not currently enrolled in a UVM graduate program, must complete the full online graduate application

All prospective students should make an appointment to talk with Dr. Winnie Looby, the coordinator of the Certificate Program, who can help you design your individual plan.


EDSP 274: Culture of Disability Course

Participants in Culture of Disability will explore the medical, social, cultural and political experience of disability through readings, fieldwork, and presentations. Topics covered include disability history and cultural meaning; rehabilitation: the medical model and beyond; self-help and social change movements; and explorations of disability narrative in art and literature.


Dr. Winnie Looby, Program Coordinator of the Certificate of Graduate Studies in the Interdisciplinary Study of Disability at the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, University of Vermont.

Email Dr. Winnie Looby

Class Offerings

Currently, Culture of Disability is offered in the Fall (online) and Spring (in-person) semesters at the University of Vermont. 

This course meets the requirements for: 

  • 3 credits toward UVM’s 6 credit Diversity requirement
  • 3 credit elective for Minor in Special Education
  • Core course in Certificate of Disability Studies

If you are not a current UVM student, you can register for this course through UVM Continuing and Distance Education.

Contact Us

Email Dr. Winnie Looby, Program Coordinator, to learn more about our program.

The Certificate of Graduate Studies in the Interdisciplinary Study of Disabilities is part of the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion.

Our offices are located at:
Mann Hall 3rd Floor
208 Colchester Ave.
Burlington, VT 05405