Disability Studies Graduate Certificate

The Disability Studies Graduate Certificate offered by the College of Education focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to exploring disability from cultural, historical and sociopolitical perspectives. This graduate certificate includes an interdisciplinary environment that draws from a variety of disciplines including the health professions, the liberal arts and the social sciences.

Coursework includes research into disability rights and culture, as well as universal design and ecological aspects of disability. Students will also gain an understanding of disability as it relates to their personal, professional and social lives.

Additionally, Temple’s social justice mission provides a basis for collaboration on a variety of programs across the university.

Admissions Information

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Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits of coursework before applying to the graduate certificate program.

Application Components

Submit the following materials to be considered for admission.

  1. Recommendations: Two letters of recommendation are required. Your recommendations should be from college or university faculty members who can speak to your academic abilities. 
  2. Statement of Goals: Write a one to two page statement outlining your interest in the program with a specific focus on your interests, target career and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.
  3. Transcripts: Provide official undergraduate and graduate college-level transcripts. Though all applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate undergraduate degree at Temple University, the graduate certificate in Disability Studies can be approached from any number of disciplines.
  4. Résumé: Include a current copy with your application materials.  

Additional requirements for international students

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Graduate Certificate program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $898.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,231.00 per credit


As social institutions grapple with the changing nature of public and private participation by people with disabilities, students with a Disability Studies Graduate Certificate are well suited for employment in a wide variety of careers in

  • community planning,
  • education, and
  • public policy and advocacy

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Our Faculty

Disability Studies Graduate Certificate courses are taught by faculty with top academic credentials and experience as practitioners.


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