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Academic Programs - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Disabilities Studies
Certificate
HEGIS #5501
Chairperson: Theodore J. Adams Jr.
Brahan Hall Room 008, (518) 629-7341

The Disability Studies Certificate will provide a multidisciplinary approach to the acquisition of knowledge and skills in this diverse field. The certificate is appropriate for individuals working or interested in human services, education, teaching, counseling, health and business. There is an expanding entry level job market and a clear need for enhanced competency among professionals in many disciplines.

Required courses lay the groundwork for a solid knowledge base, while the field experience enables students to develop necessary skills. The electives provide flexibility in addressing specific areas of interest including mental health, developmental disabilities, alcohol and substance abuse, educational settings or deaf culture.

The certificate can be pursued full- or part-time. With appropriate selection of courses, the entire 28 credits is applicable to Human Services associate degree.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*  

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

FORM 102 College Forum** (1)
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
______ HUSV 115 Perspectives on Disability or
EDUC 108 Individuals with Exceptionalities in the School and Community
3
______ HUSV 109 Orientation to Fieldwork or
Free Elective
1
______ HUSV 110 Human Service Skills or
Elective as Advised
3
______ HUSV 105 Human Development and the Family or
EDUC 100 Child Development or
PSYC 205 Developmental Psychology
3
PSYC 100 General Psychology 3
  (1) Electives as Advised 12
  Total Credits Required 28

*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.

**Required of first time, full time students

(1) Students may choose 12 credits from the following: ASLN 100, ASLN 101, CDEP 100, ECCE 213, EDUC 215, EDUC 216, EDUC 217, EDUC 218, PSYC 210, or other electives as approved by the Department Chair.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
FIRST TERM
FORM 102 College Forum* (1)
ENGL 101
English Composition I
3
______ HUSV 115 Perspectives on Disability or
EDUC 108 Individuals with Exceptionalities in the School and Community
3
______ HUSV 109 Orientation to Fieldwork or
Free Elective
1
PSYC 100 General Psychology 3
  Elective as Advised 3
  Term Total 13
SECOND TERM
______ HUSV 110 Human Service Skills or
Elective as Advised
3
______ HUSV 105 Human Development and the Family or
EDUC 100 Child Development or
PSYC 205 Developmental Psychology
3
  Electives as Advised 9
  Term Total 15
*Required of first time, full-time students.