Educational Therapy
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. Material also supports you in setting up your own clinical practice.

Educational Therapy certificate program objectives:

  • Understand challenges faced by students with ADHD, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, nonverbal learning disorder, sensory integration disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome, oppositional defiant disorder, and other learning differences
  • Comprehend the theories, issues, strategies, and materials related to the assessment and instruction of students with reading difficulties
  • Apply strategies for helping students understand computation and problem-solving in mathematics
  • Develop a business plan for managing your own clinical practice
  • Use assessment tools and procedures frequently used in educational therapy settings

Required Credits: Total Required: 10–11 courses/30 units. Take 7 required courses (21 units), 2–3 elective credit courses (4 units), and end with capstone course (5 units) followed by certificate review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Courses
Educational Assessments I 3.0
Educational Assessments II 3.0
Educational Therapy: Reading I 3.0 +
Management of Clinical Practice 3.0
Principles of Educational Therapy 3.0
Strategies for Learning Differences in Mathematics 3.0
Techniques of Educational Therapy: Affective, Cognitive and Perceptual Elements 3.0
2. Elective Courses
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the Classroom 3.0
ECE: Brain Development in Early Childhood 1.0
Psychology of Human Learning 2.0
Understanding Learning Differences 3.0
3. Capstone Course
Educational Therapy Practicum 5.0 +
4. Required Certificate Review
Educational Therapy Certificate Completion Fee None

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.

Professional Development


The UCSC Extension Educational Therapy certificate program is approved by the Association of Educational Therapists. Alumni of the Educational Therapy program proceed through the AET membership process faster than those students who graduated from a non-AET approved school. 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.

Program Chair

Sharmila Roy, chair

SHARMILA ROY, Ph.D, is the director and cofounder of MyndFlex, a nonprofit learning support and enrichment program in the East Bay. She teaches key courses in the Educational Therapy certificate program. After producing a doctoral thesis on mathematics learning disabilities in elementary school children, Roy received her doctorate from the University at Buffalo in New York. She received teacher training from the University of Leeds in the U.K. and has since been involved with teacher training, classroom interventions, and innovative curriculum development for special education in the U.S. and overseas.

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