Certificate Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of a Certificate in Universal Design and Assistive Technology?
This certificate program is designed to equip educational professionals and educators-in-training with a comprehensive understanding and practical experience in Universal Design for Instruction (UDI). In addition, the program will foster an understanding of learning differences among students, evidence-based pedagogical practices using UDI, and emerging technologies. The courses are taught by experienced Landmark faculty and LCIRT instructors with many years of experience in working with students who learn differently. Participants have the opportunity to observe how Landmark instructors teach and promote Universal Design.
Such a certificate will enhance career opportunities and augment professional credentials. Given the rapidly changing secondary and postsecondary landscape, such training offers hand-on practice in creating inclusive learning experiences and materials.
Who is the intended audience for this certificate program?
The certificate program is intended for post bachelor’s degree professionals such as general educators, special education teachers, counselors, transition coordinators, college faculty, and postsecondary disability service providers who work with students in secondary and postsecondary settings.
What are the admission requirements?
A completed application form, a copy of bachelor’s degree certificate or transcript, a current resume or CV, and a personal statement indicating interest in the program and reasons for participation.
What is the timeline for admission?
Landmark College has a rolling admissions process. Completion of the program will vary according to your program start date.
Are there any pre-requisites for any of the courses?
There are no pre-requisites for the courses except for the Capstone project course. The Capstone culminates in a project that combines all the learning experiences from the previous courses. Students are expected to take ALL four courses in order to participate in the Capstone course. This certificate program offers courses at the graduate level. Course work reflects Masters level rigor and scholarship.
How long will it take me to complete the program?
The certificate program runs from early September 2012 until Summer 2013 (see schedule). The certificate program consists of five courses. Each course is offered over an 8-week period and each course is equivalent to three credits. There are two elective course options for the fourth course. Students can choose to either one of the electives.
The first and second courses each have a face-to-face component. Specifically, students attend two full day sessions held on one weekend, Saturday through Sunday, at the Landmark College.
The Capstone course requires students to be on-site at the Landmark College campus for one week during the summer when Landmark offers a variety of high school and college-level residential academic programs. Participants have the opportunity to observe Landmark student and faculty interactions and receive hand-on experience from experts in the field. The rest of the Capstone course is offered online. This course is highly individualized, so dates for the “low residency requirement” can be arranged through mutual agreement between the student and instructor. The Capstone course is offered only during the summer months of June and July.
What is a “blended” course?
There are many versions of blended programs. A blended program is one that combines online with face-to-face instruction. The UD AT certificate program consists of two online courses that have a weekend (Saturday through Sunday) face to face component and two other courses that are completely online (including both of the electives). The Capstone course includes one week on-site at Landmark College and seven weeks online.
Do I have to attend the face-to-face portions of the courses?
In order to get the most out of the UD AT certificate program, students must attend and participate in the face-to-face portions of both MPDL615: Introduction to Supporting Students Who Learn Differently and MPDL616: Contemporary Assistive and Learning Technologies. Students also must plan to attend a one week on-site residency at Landmark College for the Capstone course.
How much does this cost?
Students can take courses either “for credit” or “not-for-credit”.
|Tuition (per course)||$1,200||$1,200|
|Credit Fee (per course)*||$525*||$0|
|Total (per course)||$1,725||$1,200|
*A credit fee of $175 per credit is due to Marlboro Graduate Center at Marlboro College Graduate School. Graduate credit for the courses is granted through Marlboro College. Transcripts will be maintained at both Landmark College and at Marlboro College Graduate School.
Is financial aid available?
Financial aid is not available for this certificate program.
How do I apply?
There are two ways for students to apply.
1. Apply online: the one-time application fee of $75 is waived for online applications.
2. Download an application form here and mail the completed application to the following address:
Landmark College Admissions
PO Box 820
1 River Road South
Putney, VT 05346
Landmark College has a rolling admissions process. You will receive an acceptance packet soon after your application has been reviewed and you have been accepted into the program.
The same application process is used for students wishing to take a single course or several courses, independent of the certificate program.
How do I register for a course?
Students register for each course separately. Course registration forms and a syllabus for each course are sent to applicants after they have been accepted into the program.
What if I am not ready to enroll yet, but would like to be on the mailing list for updates. How can this be arranged?
To be included on future mailings about the certificate program, please fill out our information request form. We will send out periodic reminders about registration deadlines, course additions to the program, and other relevant information.
What if I need to withdraw from a course?
Students must withdraw from a course within one week of the course start date in order to receive a 50% tuition fee refund ($600). Refunds are not available after the first week of the course start date. Application fees are non-refundable.
Will I receive a certificate at the end of the program?
Yes, students successfully completing all five courses (four core and one elective) receive a certificate.
Do I have to purchase the software for the Assistive and Learning Technologies course (MPDL616)?
Yes, all of the Assistive Technology software is available at our standard discount for purchase through the IT Department Help Desk. The Help Desk can be contacted at 1-802-387-6800. The following Assistive Technology software programs are required and are available for both Windows and Mac users:
Inspiration Concept Mapping ($ 30.00)
Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium ($125.00)
Kurzweil 3000 Color Professional ($227.00)
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