The Advanced Professional Certificate in School-based Practice is a series of three courses delivered in an asynchronous online format, over the course of one calendar year, and aims to create a supported professional development opportunity for working school-based therapists. Given reform in special education and civil rights legislation, current guidelines for best practices in the provisions of educationally-relevant related services to students with disabilities, as well as school system pressures, including increased accountability for student outcomes, the program prepares participants to become more evidence-based and effective in advancing a systems approach to delivery of services. The certificate will focus on systems considerations, current evidence for evaluation and intervention, research on inter-professional teams and collaboration, self-reflection on personal practice patterns, and action-planning for potential practice change.
This certificate requires the following online courses:
Two core courses:
- OTS 284 Therapy in Schools: Best Practices (online)
- OTS 285 Mentored Seminar in Schools Practice (online)
One elective (select one):
- OTS 193 Working with Children with Autism (online)
- OTS 194 Working with Children and Adolescents with Self-Regulation Issues (online)
The program is open to individuals with a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in occupational therapy interested in expanding their careers or eager to strengthen their expertise.
- Application Fee
- Personal Statement
- Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
- One Letter of Recommendation