The impact of inspired learning
Learn how individualized interventions can make a tremendous impact in the classroom, in private practice, and in the home. In one of the few Association of Educational Therapists-approved training programs, you will learn to assess the different challenges students have so you can effectively collaborate with an educational team and understand the underlying theory and the latest research to implement practical strategies for learning.
Teachers, tutors, resource specialists, and aspiring educational therapists will learn to empower and inspire their students. The material also supports you in setting up your own clinical practice.
Educational and therapeutic strategy
Our curriculum guides you to combine educational and therapeutic strategies—for evaluation, remediation, advocacy, and case management—on behalf of individuals with learning differences.
Gain one-on-one experience
Educational therapists work one-on-one through using socio-emotional, psycho-educational, and neuropsychological paradigms to develop individualized learning and treatment plans. They alleviate learning difficulties by using individuals’ strengths to overcome challenges.
Our Educational Therapy students
This program is designed for all educators, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and other allied professionals at all levels as well as individuals interested in learning enrichment.
Educational Therapy certificate program objectives
- Understand challenges faced by students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, autism spectrum, and other learning differences.
- Comprehend the theories, issues, strategies, and materials related to the assessment and instruction of students with reading difficulties.
- Learn how dyscalculia impacts learning and apply strategies for helping students understand computation and problem-solving in mathematics.
- Employ ethical principles in the field, and develop a business plan for managing a clinical practice.
- Use and understand assessment tools and procedures frequently used in educational therapy settings.
- Gain a deeper understanding of the priorities of learners, their needs, and the process of building a remediation plan.
Suitability for practice
The UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Educational Therapy program is committed to candidates’ development of ethical practice, establishment of professional boundaries, client confidentiality, and their awareness of internship competence and personal limitations.
AET Code of Conduct
At any time during a candidate’s progress through the internship, should a significant concern regarding the candidate’s suitability for the profession occur, in accordance with the AET Code of Conduct and based on the candidate’s apparent behavior, a committee of program director, program manager, program chair and mentor shall convene to review the candidate’s conduct and performance. The committee shall interview the student and person(s) who raised the concern and consult with administration. After careful deliberation, the committee will determine, whether or not there is a basis for concern and, if there is a basis for concern, will determine a course of action, which could include possible immediate program disqualification or substantive remediation that can involve course or clinical placement or repetition. Should a candidate wish to appeal the review committee’s decision, the same procedures would be followed for appealing an academic decision as described in the UCSC Extension policies.
The UCSC Silicon Valley Professional Educational Therapy certificate program is approved by the Association of Educational Therapists. Founded in 1979, AET defines and sets standards for the professional practice of educational therapy. Educational therapists provide a broad range of individualized educational interventions for children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges.
See the Professional Development section below for more information on AET.
Recent online events
Intro to 2e: Understanding Bright Students Who Strugglet
Join us for an interactive discussion about the twice-exceptional (2e) learner. We'll talk about how to reframe the situation, reduce stress, work with unexpected behaviors, and help neurodivergent, 2e children feel supported. (July 2023)
Teaching the Struggling Student
Learn about how to identify and work with students who have common learning differences in this in-depth overview presentation by Diana Kenney, an educational therapist and instructor in the UCSC Extension certificate program. (May 2023)
Changing One Life at a Time
Enjoy this discussion among teachers & students as they talk about why they've dedicated themselves to this work. They share what it’s like to get started and grow your career in different sectors. (June 2022)
Estimated Cost: Starts at $6,090. Does not include potential practicum or internship costs. (You pay only for courses you enroll in.) | International Tuition Cost
Program Requirements: 10–11 courses (minimum 30 quarter units). Take 8 required courses (26 quarter units) and 2–3 elective courses (minimum 4 quarter units). End certificate review.
Minimum Hours of Instruction: 300 hours of instruction.
Estimated Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in about two years.
1. Required Course(s): Seven Total & Equal to 21 Units
3. Capstone Course:
4. Completion Review:
Meet Our Instructors
What students are saying
"Diana is a compassionate and encouraging instructor, her wealth of knowledge is only exceeded by her obvious love of the work she does and the students and families she supports. Her literacy course stands out as a wonderful learning experience."
— Lisa M. Barratt
"Diana is a fabulous instructor and is always willing to share her insights and make sure course content is adapted to everyone's needs. She is approachable and willing to help you have a thorough understanding of the content without judgment."
— Jasleen Kaur Monga
Learning Specialist | Educational Therapist
"The instructor provided practical guidance, helped give me the confidence to work with a new cohort of students, and made sure that class sessions were useful. She invited allied professionals to provide insight and advice on the field of ET."
— Lisa Epstein, MSTC, JD, MSW
Learning Specialist | Educational Therapist | Business Owner
"Diana's knowledge is incredible, and her willingness to share it all is an integral part of her contribution to the field of Educational Therapy. One couldn't ask for better guidance or teaching."
— Sharon Barkan, MA, ET/P
Certificate Inquiry Form
Recommended Course Sequence
Flexible course sequence
Courses may be taken in any order provided the prerequisites are met and your final course is Educational Therapy Practicum.
To receive your certificate
The UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Educational Therapy certificate program is approved by the Association of Educational Therapists.
Benefits of an AET-approved Program
- Fast-Tracked Membership—Alumni of UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Educational Therapy professional certificate program proceed through the AET membership process faster than those students who graduated from a program that is not AET-approved.
- Professional Opportunity—Although to become a Board Certified Educational Therapist-level AET member requires a master's degree, graduates of our Ed Therapy certificate program can become an associate member of the AET without a master's degree. Note: BCETs need to take professional development courses and earn 40 hours every four years.
- Conference Scholarships—UCSC Extension students may apply for scholarships to attend AET’s annual conference.
Visit the Association of Educational Therapy, to learn more about the organization's own certification requirements.
Licensure and Certification Policy
The certification by the AET is optional for practice in the field. There is currently no state licensure for educational therapy.
Please see our Licensure and Certification Policy to learn more.
Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.
Note: We require a bachelor’s degree and preferably some experience working with children to complete this certificate program.
If you do not have an educational background, we strongly recommend that you enroll in the following courses.
Certificate Program Chair
SHARMILA ROY, Ph.D., has over 30 years of experience in special education, primarily in teacher training, classroom interventions, and curriculum development. She is a special consultant for the Schwab Learning Center in Palo Alto, CA, and has worked in private practice as an educational therapist, as well as in the non-profit sector, and helped families navigate the special education system for their children. She has extensive experience working in K-7 classrooms and one-on-one with exceptional students, especially in the area of multi-sensory mathematics learning for students with learning differences and executive functional skills. Roy has been trained in the United Kingdom and received a doctorate in Special Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has served as the chair of the Educational Therapy certificate program since 2014.
Certificate Program Advisory Committee
JOHN FLEMING, M.Ed., BCET
DLS Founder & Director, Developmental Learning Solutions
Instructor, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Educational Therapy Certificate Program
DIANA KENNEDY, M.A., BCET
Educational Therapist, Mindspark Custom Learning Solutions
Instructor, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Educational Therapy Certificate Program
BIBI PIRAYESH, Ph.D., M.A., B.A.
Educational Therapist, Founder @OneofOneKids, Keynote Speaker, Professor
ERIN POWERS, M.Ed., BCET
Education Consultant and Literacy Specialist, Erin Powers Learning
SHARMILA ROY, Ph.D.
Chair/Instructor, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Educational Therapy Certificate Program
ASHLEY SHAPIRO, M.A., BCET
Executive Director / Founder of edcahoots
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- Lock in your certificate requirements.This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you
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You have five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program or three years to finish up a specialization program.
All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within this window.* The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.
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Please note that only letter grades of C or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.
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