The Certificate Program is intended for future professionals in a wide range of settings where they will have clients or patients, or where they will conduct basic science research touching on issues in the lives of individuals with developmental and other disabilities. The certificate provides upper-division undergraduate students with an opportunity to complete a 12-credit program addressing the research, policies and practices impacting the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Course work addresses disability within the context of historical, sociopolitical, educational and health-related issues. Students will complete a scholarly research project, and will work with community organizations and participate in community events on disability. Certificate students are Sonoran UCEDD trainees with opportunities for training, conference support, and connection with other trainees from across the country.
Students in the Development and Aging Emphasis in the NSCS program may elect to complete the 12-unit certificate as part of their 15-unit emphasis requirement. The 2-unit independent-study component of the certificate would be counted as research credit for the emphasis, and particular courses in the certificate menu that are especially neuroscience or cognitive science-oriented will be strongly encouraged.