SGISD is proud to offer the first graduate-level human rights program in the greater Boston area. A certificate in human rights focuses on working across applied ethics, international relations, economics, social policy, and international development, in order to foster a more inclusive society.
Students learn to advocate for social justice, mobilize local and international movements, and measure efforts and outcomes. Through such frameworks, it is possible to advance human well-being, to promote rights to health, education, and decent work for all, and to empower people who are marginalized and disadvantaged.
Our students may also choose to focus on a specialized area, such as religious minorities, children, workers, women, or people living in poverty. SGISD also offers a concentration in human rights to students pursuing a MA or PhD through its Global Inclusion and Social Development programs.
We offer four certificates through our Vision Studies program: orientation and mobility (O&M), vision rehabilitation therapy (VRT), assistive technology for visual impairment (AT for VI), and cortical/cerebral visual impairment (CVI). O&M professionals teach people with visual impairments to orient themselves and travel safely with confidence. Professionals in VRT enhance the vocational opportunities, independent living, and educational development of people with vision loss. AT for VI professionals support people with visual impairment to access the technology they need to thrive in their daily lives, at work, and at school. The CVI certificate offers professionals in-depth knowledge about brain-based visual impairment, an increasingly complex disorder.
Transition leadership involves the transition from high school to adult life for young people with a wide range of disabilities. Our certificate program bridges the gap between special education and adult services by creating a cohort of professionals who connect these two fields. Students who successfully complete the certificate track will be well positioned to excel in a new role: that of transition specialist.
Rehabilitation counselors are clinicians who work with individuals with disabilities, supporting them to become personally and economically self-sufficient, typically through employment. SGISD offers both a master’s degree and a certificate program in rehab counseling. Our certificate program offers a seven-course sequence for students who have completed a master’s degree in a related field and are interested in taking the national exam to become a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC).