Interdisciplinary Study of Disabilities (ISD) CGS

All students must meet the Requirements for the Certificates of Graduate Study


The Certificate of Graduate Study in ISD provides education, social services, healthcare, other professionals, and individuals with disabilities and their family members, access to a cohesive and relevant course of study to enhance their education and instructional knowledge of Disability Studies. The certificate includes a total of 18 credits, 9 in core courses and 9 in approved elective courses. Two options are offered:

  1. Establish a general understanding of disabilities and of related interdisciplinary practices across disciplines;
  2. Combine core courses with the focused study of a specific disability or related practice area.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Certificate of Graduate Study

  • Completed bachelor’s degree
  • Completed Graduate College Application
  • Official transcripts from each college or university where credit has been earned
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of purpose
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 is recommended

Minimum Degree Requirements

The Certificate of Graduate Study in the ISD requires eighteen credits. Students admitted to the program must complete EDSP 274/CSD 274, EDSP 200, and develop an individualized plan of study for the remaining 12 credits. Depending on the chosen field of study, students work with their graduate advisor (if applicable) and the coordinator of this certificate program to identify twelve additional credits of coursework for their degree plan.

The core courses that are required for this certificate are:

EDSP 274D2:Culture of Disability3
EDSP 200Contemporary Issues3
Although not an exhaustive list, suggested courses include:
Autism Spect Dis:Assess&Interv
Augmentative Communication
Race, Justice, and Education
D2:Foundations of Special Ed
Severe Disabil Char&Intervent
Collaborative Consultation
Public Health & Health Policy
Global Public Health
Soc Welfare Pol & Services I
Th Found of Hum Beh&Soc Envr I

Exception: VT LEND students taking this certificate are required to complete 3 elective courses (9 credits) and the following 3 required courses (9 credits):

CSD 311Intrdsc Sem Neurodev Disabil I3
CSD 312Intrdsc Sem Neurodev Disabil 23
EDSP/CSD 274D2:Culture of Disability3

Additional information about this program in the ISD is available from the Certificate of Graduate Study website.