Assistive Technology Specialist Certificate (Online)

Assistive Technology Specialist Certificate (Online)

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The Program

Federal and state laws require that school district personnel be prepared to offer a full range of assistive technology services to provide access to curriculum content for all students. The Assistive Technology Specialist Certificate Program prepares individuals to fully understand and implement these federal and state mandates within their school, district or program.

Each of the courses meet the professional development hours for license renewal as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, as well as, other state agencies.

Who Should Attend

Assistive TechEducational administrators, teachers, and anyone who has the desire or professional need to learn the federal and state requirements for serving the disabled within their organizations, including:

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Occupational and Physical Therapists
  • Speech and Language Specialists
  • Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Educational Program Specialists
  • Educational Resource Specialists
  • School Psychologists
  • School Administrators
  • Parents of Special Needs Students

In addition, the first course, SPE 530 Introduction to Assistive Technology, provides a detailed overview of Assistive Technology including evaluation and assessment. This course will be of interest to a greater audience including parents of disabled students, as well as, other interested members of the community.

The Courses

Courses are offered online, year-round on a trimester schedule. All courses carry 3 semester units of graduate-level education credit.

*SPE 530 & SPE 531 must be taken first, then SPE 532 & SPE 533, followed by the Capstone course SPE537. The program can be completed in as little as three terms (approximately 9 months). 

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    Note: Once you have completed all the courses in the certificate, you may apply to receive the certificate ►


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Program Instructor

Program Instructor

Paul RichardPaul Richard |
Orange County Department of Education
PO Box 9050, Costa Mesa, CA 92628-9050 | (714) 966-4140
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Paul Richard has been involved in providing access to assistive technology for individuals with disabilities since 1978. From 1978 to 1982, he was involved in a federally funded research and development project exploring the use of assistive technology with children ages birth to eight. Since 1982, he began providing assistive technology services to K-14 students enrolled at the Orange County Department of Education. These services include Assistive Technology and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluations and assessments. Other services include consultation and technical support in the operation and maintenance of these technologies. 

Professional Links

Professional Links

The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)

International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

National Rehabilitation Association (NRA):

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)

Assistive Technology

Foundation for Assistive Technology

Family Caregiver Alliance

Kids Together, Inc.

National Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training (AT3) Centers

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

 Information & Registration

There are no prerequisites for enrollment and no admission process.

When you're ready to register for courses, call 310-243-3741 (Option 1). If you have previously taken a class at CSUDH, you can register at myCSUDH ( using your CSUDH account.

The deadline to enroll for courses for most certificate programs is FOUR (4) BUSINESS DAYS or earlier before the class begins; please check the Course Schedule for the program to ensure that you can enroll on time.

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