Disabilities Studies (Certificate)

Jointly developed by the college’s Human Services and Teacher Preparation departments, the Disabilities Studies certificate is for individuals working or interested in human services, education, teaching, counseling, health and business. Courses lay the groundwork for a solid knowledge base, while the field experience enables students to develop necessary skills in the field of disability services.

This certificate program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

There is an expanding entry-level job market and a clear need for enhanced competency among professionals in many disciplines for the skills learned in this 28-credit program.

This program is offered by the Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling Department.

Entrance and Course Requirements

Program Highlights

  • The certificate enables a student to select an area of focus. Following foundation courses, your course electives can address your specific areas of interest, including mental health; developmental and cognitive disabilities; American Sign Language; or assistive technology.

Online Program can be completed by attending online.

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.


The Disabilities Studies program is aimed at those who wish to work with the disabled in a variety of entry-level educational or caretaker roles. Career opportunities include direct support professional positions, working as a care aide, recreation assistant and skills specialist.

Many direct care positions you can fill following graduation are available at local agencies such as the Center for Disability Services or other social service agencies.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

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For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Maryanne Pepe
Department Chairperson
Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling Department
Brahan Hall, Room 008
(518) 629-7341

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309