Educational Therapists are in high-demand. As legislation, services and resources for public school special education programs decrease and class sizes continue to increase, this trend is expected to continue. This program is designed to combine theory with practice by developing your knowledge through coursework, while also providing the opportunity to work under supervision with an assigned client. Working with experienced professionals, you are certain to receive high quality learning.
Individuals looking to work in the field of educational therapy and provide services to students and families.
What You'll Learn
- How to perform formal and informal education-based assessments
- Ways to compile and incorporate information from other specialists and parents
- Strategies for addressing social and emotional aspects of learning problems
- Methods for forming supportive relationships with clients and their support system(s)
- Techniques to facilitate communication among the client, family, school and other involved professionals
What You Can Do With This Certificate
Educational Therapy is a fulfilling career choice for resource specialists, teachers of children with learning disabilities, speech/language pathologists, counselors and others interested in providing added support to children and adults with learning disabilities.
“This was a comprehensive, informative, and professional expanding program that gave me practical strategies and therapeutic approaches for working with students. The classes were full of applicable information, and the internship gave me practical experience. I feel ready to begin my career change to Educational therapy.”
Resource Specialist Teacher
Springs Charter Schools
Earning the Certificate
Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:
- Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 in university-level coursework
- Related coursework or credential in special education, learning disabilities, speech/language development, psychology, educational psychology or related field
- Two years or more of classroom teaching or related experience
For more information see How to Earn a Certificate
Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.
This course increases participants' understanding of learning disabilities. Current theories regarding deficiencies in visual, auditory, visual-motor, speech/language, and sequential processing are presented in addition to an examination of attention, concentration, and memory problems. Symptoms, identification and implications of learning difficulties are emphasized.
Principles of cognitive, developmental, and social psychology, as they apply to the exceptional learner, are examined in this course. Current research is reviewed as it relates to individual differences, learning processes, theories and problems of learning, and the impacts of motivation and intelligence on the learner. Fundamentals of physical, motor, social, and emotional development at critical stages are examined.
Aspects of the educational therapist's role are defined, including ethical practices and laws on professional responsibilities. Services of the educational therapist are compared to those of other professionals, and the interface between educational therapy and allied professions is reviewed. Responsibilities of the therapist, which include information gathering, assessment practices, goal setting, and intervention strategies, are also examined.
This course covers applicable techniques and materials for subject areas and academic skill problems in reading, language, and for general study skills. A strong emphasis is placed on the development of self-monitoring skills and strategies, and on general problem-solving techniques, as well as on the acquisition of vocabulary and content knowledge. Parent and family support strategies are suggested. The role of the educational therapist involves individual case management, and the development of appropriate compensatory strategies for the client with learning disabilities to use in various settings.
This course examines the educational therapist's role in remediating client learning difficulties and in developing compensatory strategies to use in educational, vocational, or social settings. Topics include techniques designed to target processing and production problems. These involve input, output, issues of distractibility and impulsivity, and organization, especially the effects of the auditory, visual, and visual-motor domains on learning. Participants learn strategies for dealing with attentional, motivational and behavioral difficulties in a variety of settings such as school, work or home. Special situations such as those involving head injuries and neurological conditions are also discussed.
A comprehensive look at the background and skills an educational therapist needs to assess and evaluate clients. An educational therapy model of assessment is discussed, including how it differs from the assumptions, goals and techniques of other models. Criteria for selecting the most appropriate instruments are described, and emphasis is placed on the analysis and synthesis of information from other professionals, parents, teachers, observations, rating scales, student work, curriculum, performance-based instruments, as well as standardized achievement tests. You will be required to have access to assessment materials in this course.
Assessment tools and procedures frequently used in educational therapy are introduced. The analysis of observations, results and methods for integrating these findings in developing therapeutic teaching strategies are emphasized. Course includes a required field experience involving the administration of specific assessment instruments and reporting the results for developing intervention plans. Students are required to have access to assessment instruments and models of interpretive report formats.
Establishing a private practice and operating it as a successful business is a challenging process to beginners in the field. This course exposes students to management skills such as report writing, parent education, and communication skills. Course topics include office procedures, record keeping, insurance requirements, ethical practices, fee structure, public relations, advertising, time management, and community involvement.
The internship in Educational Therapy provides certificate candidates with the knowledge of and experience in the educational services available to clients. By working under supervision with an assigned client, the intern gains experience in assessment and report writing procedures, analysis of related information, integration of data for intervention, program planning and monitoring. The intern will become familiar with related professional fields, private learning centers, clinics, and schools for individuals with learning problems.
“Professionally, I majored in the Psychology of Reading, and broadened out to encompass many areas of special education. I have run a private school and clinic for dyslexics for almost 30 years. My favorite thing about teaching at UCR Extension is the interaction with the motivated students. It's a mutual learning experience, and their enthusiasm is contagious. I find it very rewarding.”
Educational Therapist and Founder
Richards Therapy Center and Big Springs School
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