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 Board Certified Education Advocate Training (BCEAT™)
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 National Special Education Advocacy Training
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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™ program and improve the educational and functional outcomes of children with disabilities.

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The National Special Education Advocacy Institute was established in 2008 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by education advocates and consumers of education advocacy services. The NSEAI’s mission was to develop, promote, and implement a national board certification program for education advocate practitioners and to improve the minimum standards of education for professional education advocates. This was accomplished when NSEAI was the first to establish a standardized fund of knowledge content standards, practice standards, and a criteria for their credentialing process 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 professional 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.

The National 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 advocacy practice. 


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 Advocates.

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 interest.  


It has been estimated that 10-15 percent of the U.S. student population receive special education services.  
·       A significant number of learning disabilities are not properly assessed or are going
        unidentified, thus special education services are not provided appropriately.  
·       Despite 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
·       Children with learning disabilities are often segregated unnecessarily from non disabled peers
        and this denies them the opportunity to develop the social skills they need.  
·       Segregated special education classes are often not as rigorous academically, and do not
        have as many resources as regular education classes.  
·       Non-disabled peers are denied the opportunity to learn about and from disabled peers,
        perpetuating disabled stereotypes.  
·       Unaddressed leaning disabilities lead to behavioral problems that mask the initial disability.  ·       50-78% of juveniles incarcerated have learning disabilities.  
·       Children with 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.  


NSEAI is composed of education advocates from various academic and experiential backgrounds who have the unique combination of skills effective in providing education advocacy 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 services.

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 Education Advocate”.

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 competency rather than 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.  

To 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 certification renewal.  

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.  

To encourage the BCEA to grow in knowledge in the specialty area of education advocacy.  

To enhance the skills and competence of the BCEA.  


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.  

To 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.  

To promote, support, and evaluate comprehensive training and education programs designed to increase the competence and capabilities of Education Advocates.  

To 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. 

NSEAI expanded their trainings to promote the profession by: 

•     establishing a national standard and formal qualifications for educational advocacy board
•     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:
Certification Board for Education Advocates
303 W. Lancaster Avenue, #247

Wayne, PA 19087  




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 - Training

PA CLEs - Continuing Legal Educatation Units
(72 PA CLE Credit Hours) (66S and 6E) (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 course,
or a no-credit / non-certification grade per course.

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April 11, 2015             Social Cognition Creates Success      
April 24, 2015             Auditory Processing Disorders
May 2, 2015                Person Centered Planning
May 16, 2015              Sensory Processing Disorders


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