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Certificate Program

Educational Therapy

Empower your students

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Certificate Description

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.


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.

Estimated Cost (You pay only for courses you enroll in): $6,300. Estimated program cost does not include additional costs for mentorship. | International Tuition Cost
Required Credits: Total Required: 30 units (10–11 courses). 21 units (7) required courses, 4 units (2–3) electives, and end with the 5-unit capstone course, followed by certificate review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in about two years.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Course(s): Seven Total & Equal to 21 Units
Educational Assessments I 3.0 Fall TBD Winter TBD Spring TBD
Educational Assessments II 3.0 Fall TBD Winter TBD
Educational Therapy: Structured Literacy I 3.0
Educational Therapy: Structured Literacy II 3.0 + +
Principles of Educational Therapy 3.0 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
Strategies for Learning Differences in Mathematics 3.0
Techniques of Educational Therapy: Affective, Cognitive and Perceptual Elements 3.0
2. Electives:
Assistive Technology for Learning Differences 3.0 + +
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the Classroom 3.0
ECE: Brain Development in Early Childhood 3.0
Management of Clinical Practice 3.0
Neurodivergent Learners 1.0 Fall TBD Spring TBD
Psychology of Human Learning 3.0 Fall TBD
Understanding Learning Differences 3.0
3. Capstone Course:
Educational Therapy Practicum 5.0
4. Completion Review:
Educational Therapy Certificate Completion Fee None

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Professional Development


The UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Educational Therapy certificate program is approved by the Association of Educational Therapists.

Benefits of an AET-approved Program
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Conference Scholarships—UCSC Extension students may apply for scholarships to attend AET’s annual conference.


AET Certification

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.

Requisite Knowledge

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.

Advisory Board

Certificate Program Chair

SHARMILA ROY, Ph.D., has over 30 years' experience in special education; primarily in teacher training, nonprofit management, classroom interventions, and curriculum development for special education. She has extensive experience working one-on-one with exceptional students especially in the area of mathematics learning for students with learning disabilities and executive functional skills. She also works with families to navigate the special education system. Roy is the co-founder and director of MyndFlex, a nonprofit after-school program. At MyndFlex, Roy provides teacher training in the areas of cognition, attention, learning, study skills and organization, and socio-emotional skills. She serves as chair of the UCSC Silicon Valley Educational Therapy certificate program.

Certificate Program Advisory Committee

DLS Founder & Director, Developmental Learning Solutions
Instructor, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Educational Therapy Certificate Program

Educational Therapist, Mindspark Custom Learning Solutions
Instructor, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Educational Therapy Certificate Program

Educational Therapist, Founder @OneofOneKids, Keynote Speaker, Professor

Education Consultant and Literacy Specialist, Erin Powers Learning

Co-founder/Director, MyndFlex
Chair/Instructor, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Educational Therapy Certificate Program

Executive Director / Founder of edcahoots

Establish Candidacy

Establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization

Once you create your student account, you can establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization program any time during your studies.

The benefits of enrolling early
  • 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
  • Receive program updates
  • Set your intention
  • It’s free

To complete a program, you must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

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.


Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program. The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

For more information: How do I get my certificate or specialization?

* Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, Personal Financial Planning, or curriculum partner programs (Udacity, Microfacturing Institutes) may have a shorter completion requirement.

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Grade Requirements

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.

See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.

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