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Certificate in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design

At a Glance
   15 credits minimum
   Online capstone course

The Certificate in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design is an interdisciplinary program designed to meet the demand for assistive technology and accessible design specialists. The Departments of Occupational Science and Technology and Communication Sciences Disorders in the College of Health Sciences, along with the Department of Exceptional Education in the School of Education, collaborate on the course offerings and management. The certificate follows a model of prerequisite disability and technology basic knowledge, survey of the fields, assessment, intervention and leadership. Completion of the certificate will help prepare the students to sit for State and National certification examinations as Assistive Technology Specialists, Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist and Low Vision Specialist.

Application and Admission

Students interested in this certificate should contact one of the three sponsoring programs before enrolling in any certificate courses. Admission to the certificate requires evidence of a basic knowledge of disability and computer applications, and an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 or a graduate GPA of at least 3.0. Generally, students in the health sciences and exceptional education will have sufficient coursework in disability related studies. Prerequisite evidence in disability related studies may be obtained at the undergraduate level. One of the following is recommended to meet the computer applications requirement.

ExEd 730 Assistive and Instructional Technology for Students with Disabilities, 3 cr
OccThpy 750 Computer applications in Occupational Therapy practice, 3 cr

Those not already admitted to a UWM graduate degree program must complete a UW System online admission application and have an official undergraduate transcript sent to the Graduate School.

Credits and Courses

The Certificate in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design requires completion of a minimum 15 credits as listed below. In special circumstances, the ATAD coordinator and advisory board may approve substitution of an equivalent Assessment or Intervention course relevant to assistive technology and adaptive design as appropriate.

Introduction (3 cr, must be taken at graduate level)
OccThpy 620 Introduction to Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology, 3 cr
(Alternate related graduate-level course can substitute if this course has been completed on an undergraduate level.)
Assessment (3 cr)
ExcEduc 765 Assistive Technology Service Delivery in Schools, 3 cr
ComSDis 715 Assessment and Intervention in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 3 cr
OccThpy 770 Assessment in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design, 3 cr
Intervention (3 cr - any U/G course must be taken at graduate level)
OccThpy 625 Design and Disability, 3 cr
OccThpy 595 Vision I: Introduction to Low Vision and Vision Impairment, 3 cr
OccThpy 596 Vision II: Practical Aspects of Visual Impairment & Low Vision Intervention, 3 cr
OccThpy 593 Introduction to Biomedical and Rehabilitation Instrumentation, 3 cr
OccThpy 999 Advanced Independent Study, 1-3 cr
ExEd 735 Technology and Instruction for Students with Disabilities, 3 cr
ExEd/OccThpy 777 Fieldwork in Assistive Technology, 3 cr
ExEd 799 Independent Reading, 1-3 cr
ComSDis 717 Special Populations in Communication Disorders, 2 cr
ComSDis 791 Research Experience, 1 cr
ComSDis 799 Independent Studies, 1-3 cr
Elective (3 cr)
Addtional 3 credits may be selected from either Assessment or Intervention list
Capstone (3 cr, must be taken at graduate level)
OccThpy 660 Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology (online), 3 cr
Minimum Grade Requirement

To be awarded the certificate, students must earn a minimum grade of B in the certificate courses (B- not allowed).

Transfer Credit

Up to 3 credits of graduate coursework may be considered for transfer to the certificate program. To be eligible, courses must meet the requirements of the Graduate School, and be approved by the ATAD certificate coordinating committee.

Time Limit

Students must complete all certificate courses within 3 years of initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

Page last updated on: 03/04/2015