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Educational Therapy

Professional Certificate in Educational Therapy

Professional Certificate in Educational Therapy

Online Program


12-18 months



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Looking to expand your reach in the field of special education? Heighten your existing knowledge and experience through our Professional Certificate in Educational Therapy. Learn how to demystify both common and unique learning issues, and work to create and implement individualized treatment plans to meet the client's needs.

Educational Therapists are in high-demand. As legislation, services and resources for public school special education programs decrease and class sizes continue to increase, this trend is expected to continue. This program is designed to combine theory with practice by developing your knowledge through coursework, while also providing the opportunity to work under supervision with an assigned client. Working with experienced professionals, you are certain to receive high quality learning.

Designed For

Individuals looking to work in the field of educational therapy and provide services to students and families.

What You'll Learn

  • Methods of identifying typical and atypical learning patterns and issues.
  • Creating and implementing individualized treatment plans to meet each client's needs.
  • Methods for performing formal and informal personalized education-based assessments.
  • Incorporating information from other professionals, educators and family members into a comprehensive educational therapy plan.
  • Strategies for addressing social and emotional aspects of learning difficulties.
  • Methods for forming mutually supportive relationships with clients, families, schools and other involved professionals.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Educational Therapy is a fulfilling career choice for resource specialists, teachers of children with learning disabilities, speech/language pathologists, counselors and others interested in providing added support to children and adults with learning disabilities.

Program Overview


19 Units


3 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“This was a comprehensive, informative, and professional expanding program that gave me practical strategies and therapeutic approaches for working with students. The classes were full of applicable information, and the internship gave me practical experience. I feel ready to begin my career change to Educational therapy.”

Laurel Miltenberger

Resource Specialist Teacher
Springs Charter Schools
Temecula, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in university-level coursework
  3. Related coursework or credential in special education, learning disabilities, speech/language development, psychology, educational psychology or related field
  4. Two years of K-12 classroom teaching or related experience
  5. Applicants who are not credentialed teachers or who have not taken a general reading course, must complete EDUC X450.17 - Methods for Teaching Reading (4 units) before enrolling in any Level II course.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Understanding Learning Differences

EDUC X330.25

2 units

Psychology of Human Learning

EDUC X330.26

2 units

Quarter 2

Principles of Educational Therapy

EDUC X330.27

3 units

Techniques of Educational Therapy, Part I: Academic and Content Areas

EDUC X330.33

3 units

Quarter 3

Techniques of Educational Therapy, Part II

EDUC X330.34

3 units


Quarter 4

Advanced Educational Assessment

EDUC X330.30

3 units

Quarter 5

Assessment for Educational Therapists: Practicum

EDUC X330.32

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“Professionally, I majored in the Psychology of Reading, and broadened out to encompass many areas of special education. I have run a private school and clinic for dyslexics for almost 30 years. My favorite thing about teaching at UCR Extension is the interaction with the motivated students. It's a mutual learning experience, and their enthusiasm is contagious. I find it very rewarding.”

Regina Richards

Educational Therapist and Founder
Richards Therapy Center and Big Springs School
Riverside, CA

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