Skip to main
Students walking across campus

Disability Support Services, Post-Graduate Certificate

McDaniel’s ground-breaking programs in Disability Support Services in Higher Education (DSS) prepare you to be a leader in post-secondary education and an expert in how colleges and universities are required to support students with disabilities.

Degree Types
Graduate Certificate
Dollar sign
Program Cost
$11,400 (certificate), $20,400 (M.S.)
Total credits
18 (certificate), 33 (M.S.)

About the Program

Whether you’re pursing the Master’s or Certificate in Disability Support Services in Higher Education, you’ll be prepared to use knowledge of the history of disability services in higher education as a context for differentiating between K–12 legislation and disability policy and law relevant to post-secondary education. With these tools, you will develop expertise in interpreting diagnostic evaluations and be able to explain them to students, parents, professors, and others. The programs will also prepare you to:

  • Use technology, assessment, and analytical tools to solve problems and make decisions to promote positive student outcomes
  • Provide psycho-social counseling to students with disabilities
  • Develop policies and practices that promote and protect student access and accommodations
  • Effectively communicate and interact with divisions within your college regarding student success

Why McDaniel for Disability and Support Services

Convenience. Both tracks, the certificate and the master’s, are offered 100% online.

Pace. The certificate can be completed in just one year.

Hands-on support. All students are assigned an advisor who will help guide them throughout their time in the program.

Requirements for Disability Support Services

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must submit:

  • Completed application for graduate study
  • Official transcript verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75
  • Three official professional or academic letters of recommendation
  • A professional resume highlighting related work experience
  • Letter of intent detailing personal and professional goals relative to the program of study

Want to see more courses? Select your program of interest below.

Advancing Your Career

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects individuals with disabilities in institutions that receive federal funding. Under the Rehabilitation Act, colleges and universities are required to have offices that accommodate those who qualify for assistance. Graduates of McDaniel’s program in Disability and Support Services in Higher Education will be qualified for positions within two-year and four-year private and public colleges and universities in fields like:

  • Academic Advising
  • Student Affairs
  • Disability Support Services