The Assistive Technology Certificate is an eCampus program in the College of Education & Human Development.

BGSU Students use assistive tech across campus, gain a certificate in supporting people to use both high and low technology.
  • Certificate/Endorsement Available
  • Offered Online
  • Certificate/Endorsement Available
  • Offered Online

Assistive Technology Certificate

The BGSU assistive technology certificate is designed to develop expertise in supporting people to use assistive technology, both high and low tech. 

It is an excellent opportunity for parents, caregivers, general educators, special educators, transition specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, rehabilitation engineers and vocational rehabilitation counselors to gain recognition of their skills in this growing area of need. 

Access to assistive technology enables individuals with disabilities to participate more fully in their homes, schools and communities.

This certificate includes the first four courses in the master's of education in special education with a focus on assistive technology degree for those considering a master’s degree.

Increase participation in a world that works for everyone.

This certificate course is designed to provide students with the skills needed to ensure individuals with special needs get the right assistive technology and get the best from it.  

This high-growth area is helping thousands every day; people with the right credentials will find they can affect deep and meaningful change.

Many assistive technologies are available, from simple mechanical and daily living aids to high-tech computer-driven systems that can open up communication. 

Mobile devices, apps, literacy, sensory, executive function and social interaction tools and applications are just a few categories that students survey.

Your Degree, Your Way

The assistive technology certificate is a flexible, online certificate that can be completed in under a year or at your own pace. 

Taking the BGSU assistive technology certificate will also introduce you to peers with the same goals, a valuable supporting network on your learning journey. 

With online delivery, straightforward requirements for entry and graduation, the assistive technology certificate will evidence your expertise and open doors to new career paths.

Curriculum

The certificate in assistive technology aims to introduce students to ​​the diversity of assistive technology, both low and high-tech systems.

Assistive technology students will learn new frameworks for assessing the impact and relevancy of any given technology for individuals with disabilities. Learn methods for making sure the individual drives the decisions, and a process for gathering and balancing the input of a decision-making team.

Assistive technology cert classes will also cover the assessment process and tools and strategies in making data-driven decisions.



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Easy Enrollment 

Complete an application form online for the associate of technical study online program.

A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.

Submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate College. 

Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration (SOAR). 

You will receive an email from the Admissions office when your application has been processed and is complete. Near the registration date, you will be invited to participate in an online, telephone, or in-person Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration (SOAR) session, where all your questions will be answered.  

GRE/PRAXIS scores are NOT required

Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT, 53 PTEA, or 7.0 IELTS score.

A Statement of Purpose will also be required during application.

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There are ONE BILLION people with disabilities in the world. Help build a world that works for everyone.

Career

Many parents and carers take the certificate in assistive technology to gain new knowledge to help specific people. Others are seeking recognition of existing skills and experience. 

For those new to assistive technology, learning from the varied student body is a powerful learning experience. A certificate in assistive technology can help in a career change, a promotion, or demonstrate capabilities in a current job.

Go Far in your career

  • Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Assistive Technology Consultant
  • Assistive Technology Rehab Aide
  • Director, Assistive Technology Department
  • Parents and Guardians
  • Educators and Administrators
  • Special Education Educators

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BGSU is the only university in Ohio to earn the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certificate that recognizes our commitment to online student success. You can be confident you'll receive the same support as our on-campus students. All BGSU student and academic services are fully accommodated online, from accessing the University Libraries materials to academic advising to remote sessions for technical support.

Program Information

Participants in the BGSU certificate in assistive technology take five graduate-level courses. 

Four are core courses; one elective allows students to focus studies on their needs or future career. 

The assistive technology certificate has been designed to provide the skills needed to help meet the assistive technology needs of individuals with special needs and work effectively with parents, teachers, professionals and school districts seeking to introduce assistive technologies into multiple environments.

Steps to Apply

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Submit Official Transcripts

Submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate College. 

Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted. Official transcripts are to be sent to:

Graduate College
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

GRE/PRAXIS scores are NOT required

Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT, 53 PTEA, or 7.0 IELTS score.

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Statement of Purpose

As part of the online application process you will upload a Statement of Purpose which is required to address the following areas: 

  • Your motivation to pursue graduate study in your chosen field (specifically address assistive technology). 

  • Your professional goals and why you feel our program can support you in meeting these goals. 

  • Your personal attributes, background and/or experiences that have prepared you for success as a graduate student. 

The statement should also indicate your understanding that the program does not lead to initial teacher licensure.

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Approximately one week after the Admissions Office receives your transcripts and application, your application will be processed. You will receive an email from the Admissions office when that is complete.  

As your registration date approaches, you will receive emails about how to participate in an online, telephone or in person Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration (SOAR).  During your SOAR appointment, you will register for classes.

You will be enrolled in and receive your graduate certificate from the College of Education & Human Development

Advance Your Career

Gaining recognition of your professional skills and competency with a graduate certificate in assistive technology will show colleagues, clients and future employers your commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct and knowledge.  

  • Build your professional expertise

  • Strengthen your knowledge and professional approaches

  • Keep up with current evidence-based approaches and frameworks

  • Ensure you are doing the best by clients

Nontraditional and Military Student Services (NTMSS)

Bowling Green State University has once again been named one of the top universities in the United States for veterans by the Military Times in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2020 rankings.

The BGSU NTMSS service is available in-person or remotely. It provides assistance to support you as you make career and educational choices. Beginning, returning to, or continuing your college education can pose a variety of challenges. 

The NTMSS staff are familiar with the issues facing nontraditional and military students and can be a resource as you plan and complete your program.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

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Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. 

The assistive technology certificate program does not lead to professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The assistive technology certificate program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 02/22/2022 03:32PM