Academic programs
Certificate in Disability Leadership

The Certificate in Disability Leadership prepares health professionals, special educators and other professionals in the field of childhood neurodevelopmental disabilities to be leaders in the health care system.

The program provides a 12- to 24-month curriculum of didactic and Web-based courses, interactive seminars, clinical and community-based practica, a family mentorship experience and planned grassroots- and systems-level policy activities.

The certificate is earned by completing the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities interdisciplinary training program. Va-LEND is a collaboration among the School of Education (Partnership for People with Disabilities), the School of Medicine (Department of Pediatrics) and the Virginia Department of Health (Title V Program).

The Va-LEND curriculum emphasizes all aspects of neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, the social environment (including ethnic and cultural issues), the interdisciplinary approach (systems of care), leadership (advocacy and public policy as well as administration) and research. Following completion of the program, the trainees will be able to serve as leaders in the field of child health and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the certificate’s profile page on VCU’s Gainful Employment Information website.

Curriculum information

The Certificate in Disability Leadership requires a minimum of 12 total graduate credit hours:

Degree requirements for the Certificate in Disability Leadership »

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.

Contact us

For more information, please contact:

Beth Bader, Ph.D.
Assistant professor
Phone: (804) 828-2315
Email: babader@vcu.edu