College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2013-2014

Institute for Human Development

Interdisciplinary Disability Policy and Practice, Graduate Certificate

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2017

This graduate certificate program prepares you to be an effective member of an interdisciplinary team working with people with disabilities and their families. Through a combination of coursework and applied experiences you will build your understanding of current disability issues including policy, evidenced-based person-centered practices.


What Can I Do with a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Disability Policy and Practice?

Are you a graduate student in a discipline in the helping professions? Do you want to enter the work force with the skills to be successful in human service systems? This certificate prepares you to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team providing services and supports to individuals with disabilities across the life span. You will be part of a cohort of students representing multiple disciplines engaged in courses and practical experiences that will enable you to become an effective team member working with individuals with disabilities. The certificate will build your understanding of disability policy, exemplary service models, family and person-centered practices, and individualized service planning.

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.
  • Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program).  See the “Details” tab for additional information.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 12
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Research Optional


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Certificate Requirements
  • Take the following 12 units:

    Core Course, select from (3 units):

    • DIS 507
    • EPS 702
    • ESE 548, ESE 634, ESE 649
    • Please note that if you demonstrate training or experience in the disability field, you may substitute a different course with your adviser's approval.
    Interdisciplinary Fieldwork
    • DIS 608 (or 608 in another discipline) (3-6 units)
    Interdisciplinary Seminar

  • If you choose, you may also take up to 3 units of interdisciplinary independent study or research study, using DIS 685 or DIS 697 or thesis (699) units in your discipline.

  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Under both circumstances, federal financial aid can be used for this certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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