HNU is one of only two schools in the United States that offers a master’s degree in educational therapy. Students enjoy supportive and mentoring relationships with faculty. Because they also teach courses, the two advisors are able to make an even deeper connection with their students. Classes meet in the late afternoon or early evening to accommodate students who balance work or family commitments with school. Educational therapy students gain clinical practice at the Raskob Learning Institute and Day School, an on-campus facility dedicated to serving students with learning differences.
An Educational Therapist is an educational professional skilled in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, instructional intervention, and program development who works in clinics, learning centers, private practices, and literacy programs with children and adults who have various types of learning problems. These problems may include learning disabilities, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, difficulties in reading, mathematics, written language, spelling, study, and organizational skills.
The focus of the work in educational therapy is on the precise needs of the individual client rather than a group of individuals as is often found in school settings. The Educational Therapist does not need a teaching credential to practice, but may not teach in a public school.
In the Bay Area, there are many opportunities to combine private practice with school-based work in independent schools. The coursework is designed to meet the requirements for membership in the Association of Educational Therapists. Educational Therapy Certificate coursework is graded with letter grades due to external licensing requirements and courses taken at the certificate level may be credited toward the Master of Arts in Educational Therapy, if a student is accepted into that program.
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