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Make Disability Equity a Professional Priority

The graduate certificate in disability studies is an 18-credit program consisting of required and elective courses covering disability in healthcare, communication, social work, education and policy.

At the conclusion of your studies, you'll pursue a self-guided research project showcasing your learning, and opening the door to your future in research, policy, or service. 


18 credits that combine: graduate level courses, independent study, and fieldwork into an individualized study plan.

A program that encourages you to explore disability across different fields of study and academic disciplines.

Perfect for working professionals, LEND fellows or trainees, or in-service educators. Current UVM graduate students can complete the certificate along with their main field of study.

Through the certificate program you can:

  • Enhance your ability to work with individuals with disabilities in your community;

  • Advance your skills and career opportunities; and

  • Pursue a real-world approach to equity in action.

Learn how to make a real difference in the world, with and for people with disabilities. This program provides people from a variety of different backgrounds the opportunity to acquire knowledge critical to understanding and supporting persons with disabilities in communities.

Bring graduate level studies and disability expertise to your work with this advanced accreditation.

CONTACT: Winnie Looby
(802) 656-1334

* Rolling deadline for admissions

* 2-year duration

* Online & in-person

* Scholarships available

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Winnie Looby, PhD

Disability Studies Program Director & Lecturer




We have two virtual information sessions coming up in September: 

  • Tuesday 9/6 @ noon EST
  • Wednesday 9/21 @ 2pm EST

Register online, or just sign up to receive the recording afterwards.


How the graduate certificate works