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Assistive Technology Certificate Program

The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) offers practical tools and techniques of assistive technology accommodations and applications in meeting the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings. In addition, ATACP addresses the tools and techniques behind the assistive technology that enhances the effectiveness in the area of assistive technology applications.

General Information

Who should attend?

  • Individuals with disabilities and/or their family members
  • Educators, including special education teachers and school administrators
  • Public and private rehabilitation personnel
  • Employers, human resource specialists and accommodation specialists
  • ADA and Section 508 administrators for universities and colleges
  • Assistive and information technology specialists
  • Occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech and language pathologists

What should participants expect to learn?

The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) provides a practical approach to the applications of assistive technology to meet the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings. 

Learning objectives for the participants are the following.

  • A wide range of applications for assistive technology in the home, school, workplace and community environments
  • Addressing individual needs through a collaborative team approach and a national assessment framework
  • Existing and new assistive technology for people with disabilities, including, but not limited to, augmentative and alternative communication, environmental controls, seating and positioning, mobility devices, ergonomics, computer access technology, and technology for people with learning, physical, cognitive and/or sensory disabilities
  • Resources to support assistive technology devices and services

Certificate and Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

ATACP meets the 100-hour requirement for a certificate in assistive technology applications with 10 CEUs from California State University, Northridge's The Tseng College of Extended Learning and the Center on Disabilities. 

How is ATACP delivered?

ATACP is offered three times per year — fall, spring and summer. The fall and summer sessions are offered entirely online. While the spring session is also conducted online, it also includes a two-day in-person meeting held in conjunction with the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego.

Participants of the spring session are required to attend the in-person portion in order to earn the certificate.

Curriculum

The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) meets the 100-hour requirement for a certificate in assistive technology applications with 10 Certificate and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from The Tseng College and the Center on Disabilities.

The 16-week course includes seven modules as described below.

Course Description

Course Module and Description
ModuleTopicDescription
ATACP 1

Welcome to ATACP

This course module reviews the expectations and course work to be done in ATACP.

ATACP 2

Intro into Assistive Technology

This introductory module will cover the potential of assistive technology to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. In addition, the field of assistive technology is ever-changing, and this module will discuss new areas of emphasis and growing trends in the field.

ATACP 3

Assessment

Assistive technology recommendations are best when they meet the needs of the individual requiring such technology and address the outcomes desired. This module focuses on the assistive technology assessment process in order to effectively identify an appropriate action plan.

ATACP 4

Assistive Technology Populations and Case Studies

Participants will discover through case studies how assistive technology can be applied to help people with disabilities reach their individual goals. A wide range of practical applications and a broad scope of assistive technology will be addressed. This module will guide the participant through various assistive technologies that address various needs and populations.

ATACP 5

Computer Access

This module will focus on specific areas of assistive technology and elaborate on individual features of technology, applications and resources to gain further knowledge.

ATACP 6

Assistive Technology Administration

As an assistive technology professional, it is important to understand the leadership traits necessary to ultimately meet the needs of your clients. Leadership within this field has a tremendous impact on many aspects of assistive technology, including service delivery, device production and universal design. In addition, this module will cover funding, legislative and policy issues.

ATACP 7

Final Project

A practical independent or group project is required in order to earn the certificate. Participants are encouraged to develop a project or action plan to meet the needs of people with a disabilities and/or their organization. The project or action plan will be developed and approved.

Course Requirements

Individuals interested in the certificate program must complete an application form; applications are accepted year-round. Notices of enrollment during designated enrollment periods for each session will be sent via email to all individuals who have submitted an application. Space is limited in each of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) sessions and early enrollment is strongly encouraged to ensure availability.

Each participant will receive access to the comprehensive online course that includes reading materials, written assignments, group activities, discussion forums and live lectures. The course combines both synchronous and asynchronous components, and follows a session schedule with due dates. This is not a self-paced program.

The course is offered on an e-learning platform that provides a virtual classroom. While the course is delivered online, it does mimic an in-person classroom. Users of JAWS or other screen readers can access the course and should be knowledgeable on using personal hardware and software. In order to access the course, participants must have an active email account and access to the Internet. Internet access must not be intermittent. Do not enroll in a session where you anticipate long periods of absence. Computer speakers and microphone are preferred, but not required. 

Certificate and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) requirements

ATACP students must complete the required course work with a passing grade of C- or higher to earn the certificate. Certificates are issued approximately 4-8 weeks after the completion of the session. Please note that grades are not printed on the certificate. Students who earn the certificate automatically earn the 10 CEUs which are printed on the certificate. The CEUs are general CSUN CEUs and if a student would like to apply those CEUs towards any particular organization or association, it is up to the student to coordinate that directly with the independent party. Students can also order transcripts of their participation in the certificate program. Transcripts are normally available for order from CSUN Admissions & Records about 4-8 weeks after the completion of the session.

Tuition

Total cost to enroll in ATACP is $1,795. The tuition includes the cost for instruction, technology fees and certificate. There are no additional costs to participate. The spring session includes a required 2-day in-person sessions. Thus, students in this session are responsible for travel and stay in San Diego where those meetings are held. There is no additional fee for the 2-day in-person sessions.

Payment is due by the enrollment deadline (see the Upcoming Sessions tab for more details) in order to become enrolled in the program. All prospective students who have submitted an application will receive detailed enrollment and payment information at the start of each enrollment period.

Payment options

Accepted Payment Options
Credit cards

All major credit cards accepted, except Discover.

Purchase order

Purchase orders (PO) are welcome. Anyone enrolling with a PO must contact us before the PO is issued and sent. Any POs sent without prior contact will not be accepted.

Refund policy

Any student that opts to cancel his or her registration by the enrollment deadline as listed, will receive a full refund, minus a $30 processing fee. No refunds will be made thereafter.

Upcoming Sessions

The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) is offered three times per year — fall, spring and summer. We accept applications year-round, and actively enroll students during the timeframes listed below. There is no late enrollment available for any of the sessions.

2017-2018 school year session dates

Session Dates and Enrollment Deadline
SessionSession DatesEnrollment Period

Summer 2017

May 15 – September 1

March 27 – April 28

Fall 2017

August 21 - December 8

July 5 - August 4

Spring 2018*

January 16 - May 4

November 13 - December 15

Summer 2018

May 14 - August 31

March 26 - April 27

The fall and summer sessions are offered entirely online. The spring session is also conducted online, but also includes a two-day in-person meeting held in conjunction with the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego. This two-day meeting covers module five of the course in-person rather than online. See the course curriculum for module details.

* Participants of the spring session are required to attend the in-person portion in order to earn the certificate.

Application

Thank you for your interest in the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP). The ATACP is designed to provide a practical approach to the applications of assistive technology in meeting the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings. Please complete and submit the application online.

The course is offered three times per year — fall, spring and summer. We will accept completed application forms year-round, but do refer to the following session dates and enrollment period for when we admit students into the session in the Upcoming Sessions section. There is no late enrollment available for any of the sessions.

Please complete and submit the application online.

There is no payment collected when you submit the application. Once an application is sent you will receive confirmation of receipt. When enrollment begins for the next session, you will receive notice with instructions for completing enrollment via email.

If you require assistance to complete the application, please contact us at conference@csun.edu or (818) 677-2578.

 

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the training programs, please contact the Center on Disabilities 
at (818) 677-2578 or via email at conference@csun.edu. You may also contact us through the online contact form.