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Assistive Technology Certificate

The Certificate in Assistive Technology is designed for teachers and other professionals who would like to develop expertise in supporting students by using assistive technology. Access to assistive technology enables individuals with disabilities to participate more fully in their homes, schools and communities.

To obtain the BGSU Certificate in Assistive Technology, participants in this program take five graduate-level courses developed to provide the skills needed to help meet the assistive technology needs of individuals with special needs, and to work effectively with parents, teachers, professionals and school districts that are seeking to introduce assistive technologies into multiple environments.

The Assistive Technology Certificate Program is comprised of five graduate-level courses for a total of 15 credit hours. The four core EDIS courses are offered in sequence, one course per semester, in the order listed below.

Core Courses (12 hours)

Introduction to the diversity of assistive technology, low and high tech systems, an emphasis on impact and relevancy for individuals with disabilities. Prerequisite: EDIS 5310 or consent of instructor. Graded.

On demand. Team decision-making process, assistive technology solutions. Essential components of the assessment process, tools and strategies in making data-driven decisions. Prerequisite: EDIS 6400, Introduction to Assistive Technology. Graded.

On demand. Summer. Explores the multi-dimensional aspects of successful implementation of assistive technology. A strong focus on acquisition of assistive technology for classroom utilization and monitoring of student progress within the general curriculum. Prerequisite: EDIS 6400.

Fall, On demand. Explores the concepts of universal design for learning and differentiated instruction as it applies to the integration of assistive technology. Specific applications for inclusion of students with disabilities will be identified as related to the curriculum areas of instruction. Prerequisite: EDIS 6400.

Elective Course (3 hours)

CHOOSE ONE

The Classroom Technology for Teachers course is an introduction to computers in education with hands-on experience. The purpose of the course is to introduce technology skills and integration strategies to the educator. The course participants will become aware of several applications of technology and integration methods in the elementary and secondary classroom. The participant will also develop skills and strategies in using Internet resources in the classroom.

Explores the “BEST” Web resources available to use in one specified content area (e.g., science, math, assistive technology, etc.). Topics also include electronic collaboration, critical literacy skills, use of Internet teaching strategies and topical issues related to use of the Internet. As a culminating project, students will complete a collaborative inquiry-based Internet project.

Introduction to leadership principles and practices for technology integration professional developers working within an educational environment. Prerequisites: EDTL 6310 and EDTL 6360. Approved for Distance Education.

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All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. Note: There is a non-refundable application fee.

Have two official transcripts from every college or university you have attended and your GRE scores sent directly to:

Office of Admissions
ATTN: Graduate Admissions
110 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

TOEFL scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English. For information on the GRE and TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.

Submit one letter of recommendation to the School of Intervention Services.

School of Intervention Services
College of Education and Human Development
451 Education Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403

Applicants must submit a position paper (statement of intent/purpose) to the School of Intervention Services, detailing why they are interested in the certificate program, plans for the future, and personal qualifications.

School of Intervention Services
College of Education and Human Development
451 Education Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403