Master of Arts in Educational Therapy
Gain powerful skills to help everyone learn.
Do you want to help students discover a love of learning? Are you an educator or someone looking for a career change who seeks to better serve struggling students? HNU is proud to be one of only two schools in the U.S. to offer a Master of Arts in Educational Therapy degree. This important area of in-depth study will give you a foundation or further develop your skills 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.
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Where an MA in Educational Therapy can take you
Graduates of this program pursue exciting opportunities to combine private practice with school-based work in independent schools.
Work with home school groups or private practice. You may choose to specialize in math, reading, executive functioning, etc.
Staff Educational Therapist, Learning Specialist, Clinical Director
Work in independent schools, learning clinics, literacy programs, or neuropsychologist clinics.
Resource Specialist or Special Ed Teacher
Work in the public schools (note that this also requires a Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential).
Educational Therapy FAQs
An Educational Therapist (ET) offers children and adults with learning disabilities a wide range of intensive, individualized interventions designed to remediate learning issues.
The focus of the work in educational therapy is on the specific academic needs of the individual client teaching strategies to promote learning and remediation.
- Dyslexia and other difficulties in reading
- ADHD and other attention issues
- Dyscalculia or difficulties in mathematics
- Difficulties in written language and spelling
- Challenges in study and organizational skills, including time management and executive function disorders
Yes! HNU was chosen by the Association of Educational Therapists (AET), a national professional organization, to support and train career-changers interested in helping struggling learners.
No. An Educational Therapist does not need a teaching credential to practice or to work in independent (non-public) schools, in learning clinics, or private practice.
Yes. The HNU program is endorsed by the Association of Educational Therapists (AET), a national professional organization, and meets all of their professional training standards.
Now offering virtual training in the Orton-Gillingham Approach
The Holy Names University School of Education is offering its virtual training in the Orton-Gillingham Approach this summer. Orton-Gillingham Approach synchronous Zoom trainings will take place over three weekends. Trainings will be led by Grace Sharma, Fellow-in-Training/OGA, under the supervision of Cyndi Schultz, Accredited Training Fellow/OGA.Learn more
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.