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, that improve the educational and functional outcomes of children with disabilities, through the NSEAI Board
Certified Education Advocate™ program.
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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 established the first 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, as a Board Certified Education Advocate, BCEA.
The NSEAI’s BCEA program is based on the
successful Education Advocate Program developed by one of NSEAI’s founders in
2000 thru 2004. It has been updated every year since, it was first presented, in
2008, as a coordinated series leading to
Board Certification. 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 and offering testing through
the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the accreditation body of the
Institute for Credentialing Excellence, in Washington, DC.
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 from misinformed education
advocates, educators and lawyers, about IEP development. 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. NSEAI
expanded their trainings to promote the profession
of education advocacy 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.
SOME OF OUR MANY NSEAI VOLUNTEER / MEMBERS AT A TRAINING
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™
2013-14 - 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.
OUR GOAL IS TO PROMOTE AND IMPROVE STUDENT OUTCOMES ACROSS ALL DOMAINS AND SETTINGS, THROUGH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY.