Assistive Technology Certificate

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Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology

Training graduate students and professionals in the consideration and application of assistive technology tools and strategies for persons with disabilities.

Applications for the Fall 2016 Cohort are now being accepted. Fall classes begin August 29, 2016. The application deadline is July 1, 2016. 
Applicants are informed of acceptance within 30 days of a complete application.
If you would like to apply for the program after this deadline please contact to discuss you options.

The Graduate Certificate in assistive technology combines a foundation in assistive technology practices with professional training in the assessment and application of assistive technology tools and strategies. 

Graduates are prepared to consider and apply assistive technology for persons with disabilities across ages and environments. 

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Program Highlights

  • 2-year part-time program designed for working professionals and students enrolled in graduate degree programs.
  • Student learning is facilitated through interactive online coursework taught by faculty who are practitioners working in diverse fields of assistive technology practice.
  • Students engage in hands-on learning through assistive technology labs conducted at the Northern Arizona University Flagstaff campus. Distance students can choose to participate via distance technology with hands-on opportunities.
  • Students apply their learning in a final capstone project. Students designing a project to reflect learning and application of assistive technology assessment and intervention to impact change for persons with disabilities.

Our Students

Excellent candidates for this program have backgrounds in or are enrolled in graduate programs for:
  • Education
  • Special Education
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Counseling 
Our students are often students with disabilities, family members, and caregivers who seek knowledge and skill in the field of assistive technology. 
Not sure if this program is a match to your background and individual needs? Contact the program director, Matthew Press, at to discuss your academic goals and their potential match to our program.

Financing Your Education

Explore Our Coursework

Assistive Technology Foundations (6-Credit Hours)

DIS 505—Disabilities and technology in the lifespan (3 credit hours) 

DIS 521 Assessment and effective practices in assistive technology (3 credit hours) 

Assistive Technology Specialization (6-Credit Hours)
Choose One:

DIS 526—Applications of assistive technology for school aged individuals: Low incidence severe disabilities(3 credit hours) 

DIS 527—Applications of assistive technology for adults (3 credit hours) 

Choose One:

DIS 524 Assistive technology application: literacy (3 credit hours) 

DIS 525—Assistive technology application: Communication impairment (3 credit hours) 

Students interested in a different focus area may discuss with the program director independent study options. 

Application (2-Credits)

 DIS 689—Capstone Course  (2 credit hours) 

Additional Information


If you have any questions about the program or your application, contact:

Matthew Press, MHS, OTR/L, ATP