Academic Director: Mariette Bates, PhD
CUNY School of Professional Studies
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The MS in Disability Services in Higher Education is the first program of its kind in the country and will equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to provide legally mandated accommodations to students with disabilities in higher education settings. The coursework includes theoretical, conceptual, and practical information that will provide students with sound philosophical grounding in addition to building skills that they will apply in the field.
The curriculum for the degree was developed with the participation of disability service office directors, lawyers familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADA/AA) as it applies to colleges and universities, assistive technology specialists, and educators to ensure that graduates will be prepared to assume significant responsibility in providing accommodations to post-secondary students with disabilities.
As a student in this program, you will learn enhance your knowledge and skills to successfully:
- Advocate for equal access for students with disabilities in college settings
- Develop policies and guidelines for provision of services to students with disabilities
- Support students with learning, sensory, and psychiatric disabilities; veterans with service-related disabilities, and those on the autism spectrum
- Arrange access in dormitories, libraries, computer labs, and public college events
- Enter or advance in a career as a Disability Service specialist
In addition to the admission criteria for graduate degree programs, experience in providing disability services is valuable but not essential. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.