Graduate Certificate Program in Disabilities

The Graduate Certificate in Disabilities at the Wayne State University School of Social Work is a program designed to prepare master's level students for a career in the disabilities field.

The certificate program can help students:

  • Expand their career options.
  • Prepare them for leadership positions in the field.
  • Receive assistance in finding a job in the disabilities field.
  • Learn to be better advocates for people with disabilities.
  • Obtain a certificate by taking 10 core credits (three courses) and five elective credits, which can be integrated into your degree program.

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Courses include 10 credits of core courses and a minimum of five elective credits. The electives allow students to specialize in a particular area of practice or research, as well as in a particular age range of people with disabilities. The electives must differ from the course requirements of the graduate degree being pursued concurrently.

Curriculum Content

The Graduate Certificate in Disabilities Program includes 15 credits taken while working on a Master's Degree or after earning a Master's Degree. A Master's Degree within the student's discipline must be completed before the certificate is awarded.

Core Courses

The program is built around a core of interdisciplinary courses and a practicum, which are required of all students pursuing a certificate. The following three courses provide the foundation for the student's interdisciplinary education experience:

  • Disabilities in an Urban Society - SW 6700, Special Topics (3 Credits)
  • Practicum in Disabilities - SW 6750, Research Topics (4 Credits)
  • Seminar in Disability Studies - SW 6740, Directed Study (3 Credits)


Applications for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Disabilities Program are available online through the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute website. Prerequisites include admission to a program of graduate study at Wayne State University.

Please use the Graduate Admissions application if you are new to Wayne State University and have never applied for graduate admission. 

​If you are already a graduate student at Wayne State University, please complete and submit your application for the Graduate Certificate in Disabilities Program.  


Elizabeth Janks
Associate Director of Training and Education
Phone: (313) 577-6368