WCU Post-Bacc UDL/AT

Special Education


Special Education Office
304 Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call: 610-436-2579
FAX: 610-436-3102

Graduate Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Universal Design for Learning

and Assistive Technology (18 credits) 

Program Overview

The certificate in Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technologies provides professionals, parents, and other community members instruction and training in assessment, pedagogy, and technology that support students that relay on UDL and AT for learning.  The UDL/AT graduate certificate is based on the following assumptions:

  • With UDL and/or AT support, students of all abilities can reach their potential
  • Practitioners who use UDL and/or AT must understand concepts, how to assess, and implement best practices
  • Multidisciplinary teams must collaborate to support student who utilize AT must collaborate
  • Knowledge in UDL/AT requires course work, guided observation, and supervised practicum

Program Highlights

  • West Chester University’s long standing quality and expertise in the field of special education
  • Interdisciplinary program includes Special Education, Secondary and Professional Education, and Communicative Disorders
  • Courses may be applied to PA teaching certification and/or to M.Ed. in Special Education (online and/or face-to-face format)
  • Cohort model designed to increase student-to-student collaboration and provide social support for online learners
  • Field placements arranged in student’s community

The Curriculum

  • Area of Concentration in Universal Design and Assistive Technology (18 Credits)
    • EDA542 Foundations of Special Education
    • EDA/EDT 517 Technology and Universal Design for Learning
    • EDA/EDT 519 Introduction to Assistive Technology
    • EDASPP 521 Assistive Technologies for Communication and Participation
    • EDA 522 Integrating Assistive Technology
    • EDT 500 Integrating Educational Technology for Effective Teaching and Learning

Career Opportunities

This program offers training for general and special educators, counselors, therapists, caregivers, and any others persons whom assist students that utilize AT.  The program can also serve as an introduction to interested degree seeking students in the areas of education, social work, communication disorders, and psychology. 

About West Chester University’s College of Education

WCU now ranks as the 3rd largest university in southeastern PA, with teacher education as the most popular major for both undergraduate and graduate students. WCU is continuously the first or second in PA annually for the number of candidates recommended for licensure each year. Along with our colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences and other professional schools, the College of Education is committed to ensuring that teacher candidates are well grounded in academics and experience a clinically-based professional curriculum that exemplifies “best practice” and current educational expectations.

Procedures for Admission to Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Special Education

  • Apply online at http://www.wcupa.edu/grad. If you need assistance call the Graduate Office, (610) 436-2943
  • Arrange to have one (1) complete undergraduate transcript and proof of a baccalaureate degree sent to the Graduate Office. The transcript should include the cumulative grade point average of all undergraduate work.

For further information contact Dr. S. Christy HIcks, shicks@wcupa.edu