Program Description

Assistive technology (AT) refers to any device that provides greater independence for those with disabilities, including assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices. This certificate program helps develop professionals who can effectively implement, assess, and research applications of assistive technology. The program provides supplemental knowledge for general and special educators, related service personnel, adult service providers, and families and caregivers who need to apply assistive technology solutions within their specific school, work, home, or community setting.

What it costs

The cost for this program is $707.00 per credit hour for VA state residents, $907.00 per credit hour for Non-VA residents, and $609.20 per credit hour for VA state residents who are eligible and apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount. See the Cost tab below for a breakdown of tuition and fees. All of Mason’s tuition rates and fees can be found on our Student Accounts site.

Application Deadline

This program has a priority application deadline of April 1 for fall and November 1 for spring. Applications submitted after the deadline will still be considered upon space availability. For all application information and deadlines, see the CEHD Admissions site. 

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Assistive Technology

Degree: Graduate Certificate

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 15 total

Who should apply?

  • General and special educators
  • Occupation therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, and other related service personnel
  • Adult service providers
  • Corporate, government, and military personnel with interests in accessibility
  • Family and caregivers who work with various individuals with disabilities
  • Rehabilitation and medical personnel
  • Anyone interested in gaining advanced knowledge and skills in assistive technology assessment, collaboration, and research to become a high level AT professional

Why choose George Mason?

  • The online format removes barriers of time and location, and project-based courses allow you to gain experience working in the community with real clients.
  • Mason boasts the second oldest Assistive Technology program in the nation, producing more PhDs than any other similar program in the country.
  • A virtual lab will provide you with all the software programs you need, for free. Hardware necessary for courses will be sent to you by your professors, or obtained from an organization in your community.
  • Courses in the program may count towards recertification credits for K-12 teachers.
  • You will learn from diverse faculty, including practitioners, PhDs, and those who utilize assistive technologies. As recognized experts in the field, your professors are regularly awarded Federal and State grants for research and present at professional conferences including CECISAAC, RESNA, Closing the Gap, and ATIA.

Program requirements are subject to change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements. Most courses in the program will be delivered asynchronously and offerings vary by semester.

Requirements: 15 credits total

  • 6 credits required courses
  • 9 credits electives

Required Courses

  • EDAT 510 Introduction to Assistive Technology | 3 credits
  • EDAT 610 Designing Adapted Environments | 3 credits

Electives (Choose 3)

  • EDAT 521 Augmentative Communication | 3 credits
  • EDAT 522 Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments | 3 credits
  • EDAT 523 Accessibility and Input Modifications | 3 credits
  • EDAT 524 Universal Design for Learning | 3 credits
  • EDAT 525 Software and Mobile Applications for Individuals with Disabilities | 3 credits
  • EDAT 527 Assistive Technology for Independent Living and Employment | 3 credits

Tuition (2019-2020)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$506.00
Non-Virginia Resident$852.00
VA Resident and Prek-12 VA Educator
enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*
$408.20
Distance Learning Fee$35.00
Mandatory Student fee (applicable only to Virginia residents)$146.00
CEHD Course Fee$20.00
Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit$707.00
Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit$907.00
Total cost for VA Resident and Prek-12 VA Educator
enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*
$609.20
Graduate New Student Fee$60 (non-refundable, one-time fee)

Please Note:  Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher CEHD course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.

*VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Discount applies to tuition and mandatory student fees only.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.

Career Options

Students who completed the Assistive Technology graduate certificate at Mason have been offered positions as AT team members and AT trainers within government agencies, school systems (that have required professional certification/endorsement), private consulting practice, and/or community service/outreach organizations. In addition, some program graduates have gone on to become sales representatives for AT vendors throughout the nation.

Please note the Virginia Department of Education does not award teacher licensure in the area of assistive technology or professional certification related to assistive technology. However, students employed in a school system who complete the 15-hour certificate program may qualify for a pay band increase, based on specific school system requirements.

Further Studies

Students pursuing this certificate may take additional 15 credits online at Mason to complete a Curriculum and Instruction, MEd (Assistive Technology Emphasis).

USEFUL RESOURCES 
Program ContactMarci Jerome
Phone: (703) 993-8295
Email: atprog@gmu.edu
Student AdvisorKelly Severo
Students with last names A-M
Phone: (703) 993-4361
Email: ksevero@gmu.edu


Jancy Templeton
Students with last names N-Z
Phone: (703) 993-2387
Email: jtemple1@gmu.edu
Department Websitehttps://gse.gmu.edu/atprogram/at-program-options/at-graduate-certificate
CEHD Online Websitehttps://cehd.gmu.edu/academics/online
Follow CEHD on Twitter@MasonCEHD

All applicants should review the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Admissions page. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements.

Prerequisites

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • In-state tuition form (if applicable)
  • Resume
  • Sealed official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants do not need to send in transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University). Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the application.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Goals statement that is 750-1,000 words in length

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the CEHD Admissions Office cehdgrad@gmu.edu or 703-993-2010.