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. 

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Increase participation in a world that works for everyone.

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.

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.

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Easy Enrollment 

Complete an application form online for the for the assistive technology certificate 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. 

You will receive an email from the Admissions office when your application has been processed and is complete. 

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.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • Assessment Processes for Assistive Technology
  • Implementation Strategies for Assistive Technology
  • Integrating and Managing Assistive Technology in the Classroom

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

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.

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.

Required Courses (15 credit hours)

  • EDIS 6400 (3)        Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • EDIS 6410 (3)        Assessment Processes for Assistive Technology
  • EDIS 6420 (3)        Implementation Strategies for Assistive Technology
  • EDIS 6430 (3)        Integrating and Managing Assistive Technology in the Classroom
  • Approved Elective  __________________________________________

Students complete one approved elective. Commonly selected courses are listed below. Other courses may be selected with prior approval from the program coordinator.

  • EDIS 5310 (3)      Teaching Students with Exceptionalities
  • EDIS 6440 (3)      Nature and Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders                                                
  • EDIS 6450 (3)      Transition from School to Adult Life
  • EDIS 6510 (3)      Curriculum Planning for Students with Learning and Behavior Disorders
  • EDIS 6530 (3)      Assessment and Diagnosis of Students with Disabilities
  • EDIS 6540 (3)      Behavioral and Classroom Management
  • EDIS 6700 (3)      Classroom and Behavior Management for Students with ASD
  • EDIS 6710 (3)      Collaborative Consultation in the Schools
  • EDTL 6120 (3)     Classroom Technology for Teachers                                               
  • EDTL 6180 (3)     Technology Tools for E-Learning
  • EDTL 6310 (3)     Technology in the 21st Century Classroom
  • EDTL 6360 (3)     Internet in the Educational Community
  • EDL 6260 (3)       Leadership and Law in Special Education

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.  During your orientation 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.

More information on accreditation

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: 05/19/2022 09:27AM