Accessibility Awareness, Graduate Certificate

Industry leaders like Adobe, Amazon, Facebook, IBM, Google, Microsoft, Netflix and Verizon Media are actively recruiting people who can create products everyone can use, but they cannot find appropriately trained talent due to a significant skills gap (Teach Access, 2019). The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT, 2018) found that 63% of companies surveyed said they do not have sufficient accessibility technology skills in their organization or candidates interviewed. Ninety-three percent said demand for accessibility skills will increase in the future. The interdisciplinary Accessibility Awareness Certificate will help students obtain knowledge and skills related to providing technology accessibility for all people, including those with disabilities, to become more employable. Coursework will increase student knowledge and provide learning experiences designed to foster innovation and creative problem-solving with disability perspectives in curriculum and instruction. 

Applicants interested in the certificate program should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and indicate the Certificate in Accessibility Awareness on the application. The admissions requirements for the certificate program are the same as for the M.S. in Information Systems degree.

The 12-hour interdisciplinary Accessibility Awareness Certificate provides knowledge and skills related to providing technology accessibility for all people, including those with disabilities, to become more employable. Coursework fosters innovation and creative problem-solving with disability perspectives in curriculum and instruction. 

Course Requirements
HRM 632HR for Special Population3
MGT 615Mgmt of Innovation & Tech3
MIS 659Digital Access Pol & Strats3
Choose one of the following:3
ITM Internship
Independent Study
Independent Study
Business Admin Internship
Total Credit Hours12