Disability Studies Graduate Certificate

The Disability Studies Graduate Certificate offered by the College of Education and Human Development focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to exploring disability from cultural, historical and sociopolitical perspectives. This program draws from a variety of disciplines including health professions, liberal arts and 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.

Classes & Curriculum

You must complete 12 credit hours (four courses) in order to earn the certificate. Classes include

  • Disability Rights and Culture and 
  • Field Work in Disability Studies.

View the full Disability Studies certificate curriculum.

Delivery Method

All courses for the Disability Studies Graduate Certificate can be completed online or in classrooms on Temple's Main Campus in Philadelphia. You can enroll part-time and have up to two years to complete the certificate program.

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As all 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,
  • K–12 schools and higher education, and
  • public policy and advocacy.

Voluntary Internships

Internships give you opportunities to get hands-on experience, refine your understanding of your coursework and make professional contacts who can assist your future career development. Internships are voluntary experiences that take place outside of the program curriculum: students do not receive credit for internships. 

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Graduate Certificate 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. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,053.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,449.00 per credit

You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


For more information about this program, the College of Education and Human Development, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Ritter Annex 150
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-8011
Email: educate@temple.edu


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