THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ADVOCATES
NSEAI’s educational mission is to improve the quality and professionalism in the field of education advocacy, by
encouraging the development of highly educated and knowledgeable advocates, through the NSEAI Board
Certified Education Advocate™ programs and improve the educational and functional outcomes of children with disabilities.
DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE TODAY FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY DISABILITIES. OUR GOAL IS TO PROMOTE AND IMPROVE STUDENT OUTCOMES ACROSS ALL DOMAINS AND SETTINGS, THROUGH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY.
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NSEAI PROVIDES A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PROGRAM
National Special Education Advocacy Training Program™ (NSEAT™) is a series of 12 stand alone courses that may be taken individually or as a series.
When combined with examinations and practicum, the Board Certified Education Advocate Training™ (BCEAT™) leads to National Board Certification designation as an Board Certified Education Advocate™, BCEA™ _______________________________________________________________
2014-15 - BCEAT TRAININGS CEUs
PA CLEs - Continuing Legal Educatation Units (72 PA CLE credit hours) (66S and 6E credits) (6 PA CLEs per course) CLEs are not available via webinar
Act 48 credits from the PA Dept. of Education are offered 6.0 hours per course. Act 48 credit are not available via webinar.
Academic institutions may accept up to 1.65 quarter credit transfer hours, per BCEAT course, or
a no-credit / non-certification grade per course.
The National Special Education Advocacy
Institute was established in 2008 to meet professional credentialing
identified by education advocates and consumers of education advocacy
The NSEAI’s mission was to develop, promote, and implement a national
program for education advocate practitioners and to improve the minimum
standards of education for professional education advocates. This was
when NSEAI was the first to establish a standardized fund of knowledge
standards, practice standards, and a criteria for their credentialing
to meet accepted standards for a national certification program, best
practice standards and ethical standards of the education advocate
profession. The National Special Education Advocacy
Institute adheres to the national standards for boards that grant
credentials. Those who meet the credentialing requirements may represent
themselves as a Board Certified Education Advocate, BCEA.
Other established programs do not offer certificants
credentialing nor have they assumed the responsibilities of a certifying
national professional association, as NSEAI has. The NSEAI looks forward to providing
the BCEA curriculum in universities across the country.
Special Educational Advocacy Institute (NSEAI) was founded in collaboration with well
trained professional education advocates from varied educational backgrounds, who
where distressed to see families get the wrong information about IEP development from misinformed education
advocates, educators and lawyers. There were no minimum standards for the
profession’s core fund of knowledge /education required for the profession of
education advocacy, no defined skill sets, and the level of professionalism
varied widely in the field, from parent buddies to true professionals.
The NSEAI’s BCEA program is based on the
highly successful and sought after Education Advocate Program developed by one of NSEAI’s founders from
2000 thru 2004. The curriculum has been updated every year since and was first presented, in
2008, as a coordinated series leading to
Board Certified Education Advocate credential.
The Certification Board for Education Advocates,
the National Special Education Advocacy Institute, NSEAI, was incorporated in
2008 to advance the profession of education advocacy and assist the public in
identifying qualified professionals by developing board certification and
recertification programs for education advocates. The NSEAI is an independent body that
establishes policies, procedures and standards for board certification in
educational advocacy. The NSEAI is an
organizational member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Granting
of the certification Board Certified Education Advocates (BCEA TM)
recognizes professional competence in the knowledge and skills required for
current practice. The NSEAI strives to adhere to the guidelines established by the National
Commission for Certifying Agencies, NCCA, in the
development and implementation of its board certification program. The purpose of board certification in
education advocacy is to assist the public by identifying standards for the
professional practice of education advocacy.
The NSEAI provides uniform and valid examinations to individuals to
assist the public in its efforts to evaluate qualified education advocates.
The NSEAI Board Certification program consists of 6 hours of examinations,
administered over 12 courses, which were developed by its examination
committee, a committee of education advocates from diverse backgrounds, using guidelines
issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as well as the guidelines in The Standards
for Educational and Psychological Tests (published jointly by the American
Psychological Association, the National Council on Measurement in Education and
the American Educational Research Association) as our standards for educational testing.
Based on a national practice analysis of education advocacy tasks, the
examination was developed by the NSEAI on behalf of members of the profession
and the practice analysis is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect current practice.
The NSEAI also sponsors and administers a recertification program. After successful completion of the
examinations and practicum, each certificant must recertify every five years. Recertification may be accomplished through
re-application only in the fifth-year of the cycle, or through accrual of
appropriate continuing education credits by the end of the five-year cycle. The purpose of the recertification program is
to provide certificants with guidelines to assist them in remaining competent
with current education advocacy practice and further enhancing their knowledge
in the profession of education advocacy. The recertification program
contributes to the professional development of the BCEA TM through a program of continuing education,
professional development and professional service opportunities. Documentation guidelines require relating
content and learning outcomes to the NSEAI’s defined scope of practice.
Integrating and applying new knowledge with current practice, developing
enhanced skills in the delivery of services to clients, and enhancing a BCEA TM’s overall abilities are direct outcomes of
the recertification program. To support NSEAI’s commitment of ensuring the
competence of the certificant and protecting the public, certification must be
renewed every five years with the accrual of continuing education credits, or
by retaking the examination to demonstrate competence in current education
CERTIFICATION Board certification is not intended
as a license to practice, nor as a qualification for a certain position;
however, an employer, civil service system, state licensing body, or third
party underwriter may accept it as a preferred or alternate credential. No
governmental or other regulatory entity currently requires board certification.
Recognition of board certification
and the value or credence given to board certification by an agency, employer,
or third-party insurer is entirely at its discretion. Such value or credence
should be based upon knowledge of the board certification standards and upon
experience with BCEAs.
Board certification is voluntary.
Individuals seeking board certification as an education advocate choose to do
so of their own free will and, in doing so, agree to accept the decisions of
NSEAI. The authority of NSEAI is derived from those persons who are dedicated
to serve as practicing education advocates and are thus those who are most
affected by board certification.
The credibility of certification results from
the standards established by NSEAI, by the performance of the NSEAI Board of
Directors, Officers and Board Certification Committee, and most importantly, by
the professional competence and integrity of the Board Certified Education
NSEAI encourages and promotes the work of
other professional associations and other organizations involved in the various
facets of providing services to individuals in need of educational advocacy
services, it is an independent body and seeks to remain free from any vested
It has been
estimated that 10-15 percent of the U.S. student population receive special
number of learning disabilities are not properly assessed or are going
unidentified, thus special education services are not provided appropriately.
intelligence levels adequate to go to college, students with un- or
inappropriately identified learning disabilities drop out of school, barely
pass, and have lower paying unskilled jobs.
learning disabilities are often segregated unnecessarily from non disabled
peers and this denies them the opportunity to develop the social skills they
special education classes are often not as rigorous academically, and do not
have as many resources as regular education classes.
peers are denied the opportunity to learn about and from disabled peers,
perpetuating disabled stereotypes.
leaning disabilities lead to behavioral problems that mask the initial
juveniles incarcerated have learning disabilities.
unaddressed learning disabilities often self medicate with alcohol and drugs.
60% of people
recovering from addictions have some form of a learning disability.
Education advocacy has a long history,
and in recent years it has become apparent that education advocacy expertise is
not ensured by traditional education advocacy training programs or by advocacy training
under the direction of other related professions. To create a professional
support, networking, and advocacy system and to develop national standards for
certification within the education advocacy specialty, the National Special
Education Advocacy Institute, NSEAI, was formed.
To address this vast field of
professional education advocacy, well trained parents, educators, lawyers,
behavior specialists, clinicians: occupational therapists, speech and language
therapists, physical therapists, nurses, clinical psychologists, school
psychologists, neuro-psychologists, physicians, social workers, counselors,
psychiatrists, recreational specialists, and many others have collaborated to
form the nationally board certified education advocate program. Many
disciplines have come together to address the education advocacy needs of
individuals, while maintaining each discipline’s own standards.
OF CERTIFICATION NSEAI is composed of education
advocates from various academic and experiential backgrounds who have the
unique combination of skills effective in improving student's educational outcomes and providing education advocacy
consultant services. Within the discipline of education advocacy, this diverse group has come
together to establish a standard through board certification that enhances the
education and experience level of education advocates providing quality
The BCEA credential is an advanced
standing certificate: each requires previous work experience in education
advocacy before admission to candidacy. Only those who have been board
certified by the National Special Education Advocacy Institute, NSEAI, may use
the title Board Certified Education Advocate, designated by the appellation or
designation of "BCEA" or the title “Nationally Board Certified
To be competent in performing all of
the many professional functions of an education advocate, and to keep pace with
the growing complex variety of practice modalities, activities, and functions
required in the field of education advocacy. The education advocate must
possess a deep and broad range of knowledge that covers training in the
education, legal, behavior and clinical areas. It is very apparent that
expertise in the education advocacy field is not ensured by the variety of
traditional eclectic education programs available. Nor is it guaranteed by
independent education and practice in the field. The recognized role and
function of the education advocate have evolved out of self-education,
experimentation, trial and error, self-motivation, intuition, and the desire to
gain an expertise in understanding and addressing the unique and often complex
educational needs of individuals receiving special education.
Education advocates come from a
variety of backgrounds, educators, parents of children with disabilities and
some with varied experience in the field. For this reason, board certification
from NSEAI is based upon educational advocacy competency rather than just academic or professional
background. Competency is demonstrated through completion of the board
certification education program and the testing process.
Certification has been established
nationally by NSEAI to achieve these goals: • To
increase the effectiveness of education advocacy services rendered.
provide a method whereby professional standards can be established,
maintained, and continually updated through a system of competency-based
testing and professional development hours required for certification and
• To expand
public recognition of the education advocacy needs of individuals with
special education needs and of the value of the BCEA in meeting those
needs as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
encourage the BCEA to grow in knowledge in the specialty area of education
enhance the skills and competence of the BCEA.
OF CERTIFICATION 1 To
develop and coordinate a system of evaluation and certification for Education Advocates. This requires
professional standards of competence, knowledge, and skill from those who
are board certified.
promote and advance the profession of education advocacy to lead to the
establishment of a professional code of ethics and adoption of standards
of competence, to ensure the highest standard of service for those with
special education needs, and to promote continuous quality improvement in
the education of those in need of special education services.
promote, support, and evaluate comprehensive training and education
programs designed to increase the competence and capabilities of Education Advocates.
offer professional consultation and education related to the advancement
of Education Advocates board
certification, and to cooperate and collaborate with other interested
persons and organizations in pursuit of this purpose.
THE PROFESSION OF EDUCATION ADVOCACY NSEAI
expanded their trainings to promote the profession by:
• Establishing a national standard and formal
qualifications for educational advocacy board certification
• Providing the unique extended cross training
and technical skill training required for education advocates
• Serving a self regulatory body for the profession
of education advocacy
• Defining the unique specialized set of
technical skills that set Education Advocacy apart from other professions. and
• Defining services that are in the public interest
of and result in positive outcomes for clients.
All correspondence and requests for information
concerning the BCEA TM Board Certification Program and Examinations
should be directed to:
NSEAI Certification Board for Education Advocates 303 W. Lancaster Avenue, #247 Wayne, PA 19087
610-241-4062 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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