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The Certificate in Disability Policy and Services is designed to allow graduate and undergraduate students, as well as community professionals, to study policies and services that affect the lives of children, youth, and adults with disabilities.
The 12-credit program surveys the spectrum of education, health, and social services available to individuals with disabilities and their families, and examines the public and private networks of disability services from an interdisciplinary perspective. While the program addresses the needs of people with all types of disabilities, it emphasizes developmental disabilities across the lifespan.
The program will address topics in the field of developmental disabilities, including:
The program is divided into three components:
The program’s ILE requires students to integrate theory with practice by completing a disability-related research project or working directly with people with disabilities in settings such as schools, recreation centers, or human-service agencies.
Program admission is open to degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking students who meet the following criteria:
Academic emphasis on developmental disabilities: Students gain valuable, applicable knowledge of developmental disabilities not available within any single department on campus.
Increased skills in service provision and collaboration: By combining the Certificate program with their respective major fields of study, students enhance their effectiveness in serving individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
Involvement with consumers and professionals: Students learn from the expertise of consumers (persons with disabilities and their family members), professionals currently working in their field, and faculty from many academic programs at the University of Minnesota including: education, social work, rehabilitation, health, nursing, medicine, psychology, public policy, and recreation.
Involvement with other disciplines: Students learn from other students through issue-based discussions.
Added value: Involvement in the Certificate program can add value to a students academic program and professional life.
Enhanced employment opportunities: The Certificate indicates successful completion of a recognized, high-quality program of study in developmental disabilities. The Certificate in Disability Policy and Services will appear on the students transcript.
The Certificate in Disability Policy and Services is delivered through a collaborative effort of the College of Education and Human Development's Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development and the Institute on Community Integration. The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development conducts cutting-edge research on topics such as girls’ education in developing countries, strategies for human resource development, intercultural communication, scientific integrity, and effective strategies for leading school and organizational change. The Institute on Community Integration is a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, improving policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice.