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 is $563.50 per credit hour for VA state residents or $479 per credit hour for VA state residents who are eligible and apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount. All out of state students qualify for an automatic 45% discount and a cost of $763.50 per credit hour. Fees include a $35 per credit hour Distance Education fee. Education Resource, New Student, and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

Application Deadline

This program has a priority application deadline of April 1 for Fall. Applications submitted after the deadline will still be considered upon space availability.

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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 530 Assistive Technology for Independent Living | 3 credits
  • EDAT 531 Assistive Technology in the Workplace | 3 credits
  • EDIT 526 Web Accessibility and Design | 3 credits

Tuition (2016-2017)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$563.50 plus fees
Virginia Resident and Prek-12 VA Educator
enrolled in a CEHD graduate program
$479.00*
Non-Virginia Resident$1,341.75 plus fees
Non-Virginia Resident enrolled in a CEHD
graduate program
$763.50** plus fees
Distance Education Fee$35
Education Resource Fee$60 - $100 (per semester)


*For Virginia Educators:
Starting in Fall 2014, PreK-12 educators in Virginia may receive a 15% discount off of the university’s approved tuition rate for in-state CEHD graduate students. For application deadlines and requirements, see cehd.gmu.edu/tuition-discount-for-virginia-educators.

**For Out-of-State Students: Starting in Fall 2014, out-of-state CEHD students may receive an automatic discount of approximately 45% off of the university’s approved tuition rate for out-of-state graduate students. For further details, seecehd.gmu.edu/news/stories/tuition-discounts.

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

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: mkinas@gmu.edu
Student AdvisorJancy Templeton
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 and English Proficiency Exams.

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)
  • Two sealed official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants do not need to send in transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University)
  • Three letters of recommendation (use Letters of Recommendation Form)
  • Goals statement

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