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Educational Therapy Certificate

Certificate | On-Campus

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See and unlock student potential

Gain the skills to help everyone learn.

Do you want to help students discover a love of learning? Are you an educator who seeks to better serve struggling students? This important area of study will give you a foundation in assessment, diagnosis, and intervention techniques to help children and adults who have various types of learning challenges.

Built for working professionals, the program has a flexible format and schedule. Students may also gain clinical practice experience at local schools and clinics, including HNU and at the Raskob Learning Institute and Day School, an award-winning on-campus facility dedicated to serving students with learning differences.

Students with at least 3 years of special education experience and a Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential or equivalent may enter HNU's Accelerated Educational Therapy Certificate Program.

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Career Outcomes

Where a Certificate in Educational Therapy can take you

Graduates of this program pursue exciting opportunities to combine private practice with school-based work in independent schools.

  • Educational Therapist

    Work in home school groups or private practice (you may choose to specialize in math, reading, executive functioning, etc.)

  • Staff Educational Therapist, Learning Specialist, or Clinical Director

    Work in independent schools, learning clinics, literacy programs, or neuropsychologist clinics

  • Resource Specialist or Special Ed Teacher

    Work in the public schools (also requires a Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential)

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A fast track for qualified students

Accelerated Certificate Program

Do you have at least 3 years of special education experience and a Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential or equivalent? Take advantage of Holy Names University’s Accelerated Educational Therapy certificate program. The Accelerated certificate program requires at least 4 fewer courses than HNU’s regular Educational Therapy certificate, so students usually graduate in only 1.5 years (as opposed to 2-3 years). Deepen your skills and knowledge of assessment, diagnosis, and intervention techniques to help children and adults who have various types of learning challenges.

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Sample courses

Here are just a few of the courses you may take.

Neuropsychological Principles in Education

Explore the integration of neuropsychological and educational frameworks to enhance understanding of learning disabilities and remediation. We focus on key neuropsychological concepts that provide insight into the nature of learning and learning difficulties.Students also gain a basis to think broadly and carefully about the educational needs of individual students.

Instructional Strategies for Students with Reading Difficulties

Learn about the theories, issues, strategies and materials related to assessment and instruction of students with reading difficulties, including spelling and written language. Specific methods of instruction and the selection and development of materials that match the diagnosed needs of the individual are emphasized.

The Roles of Educational Therapists

This course emphasizes: historical and current perspectives on educational therapy; developing and managing a professional practice; assessment, diagnosis and instruction; and effective communication strategies within school, family, and service communities.