BCASE Requirements and Cost

Board Certification for Advocacy in Special Education (BCASE) Program

MODULES REQUIRED FOR NASET/AASEP BOARD CERTIFIED ADVOCATE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (BCASE)

There are six Modules that contain 30 Units which must be completed to be a Board Certified Advocate in Special Education. The following are the Module titles:

  • MODULE #1 Overview of Legal Issues in Special Education
  • MODULE #2 Assessment in Special Education
  • MODULE #3 Understanding Students with Exceptionalities: Part 1
  • MODULE #4 Understanding Students with Exceptionalities: Part 2
  • MODULE #5 Special Education Advocacy
  • MODULE #6 Dispute Resolution Options in Special Education

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EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NASET/AASEP BOARD CERTIFIED ADVOCATE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (BCASE)

Each Module consists of from 4 to 6 Units. Within the final Unit of a Module is a link to the examination. The examinations consist of from 50 to 100 multiple choice questions. Every candidate must take the multiple-choice examination to denote his or her competency on the area being assessed. A score of 80% correct answers must be attained to pass each of the 6 Module examinations.

MODULE (COURSE) MATERIALS For each of the 6 Modules required to attain certification, the candidate will have online access* from 4 to 6 Units per Module, each containing primary Video Lecture(s) with accompanying Power Point presentations, Supplemental Readings and Supplemental Videos.

* Some materials are available as files for easy downloading for off-line viewing and review

PREPARATION FOR EXAMINATIONS

In order to adequately prepare for each of the 6 required Module examinations, the candidate has access to all Unit materials within each Module.  In order to be best prepared for the examination, the candidate is encouraged to review all the module materials presented to include the supplemental readings and videos.  A passing score on all six examinations leads to NASET/AASEP Board Certified Advocate in Special Education (BCASE)

PASSING SCORES FOR EACH EXAMINATION

A passing score of 80% correct answers must be attained to pass each of the 6 Module examinations. The candidate has the opportunity to take an examination up to three different times.

FEE FOR BOARD CERTIFIED ADVOCATE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Currently, there are very few programs that lead to a Board Certified Advocate in Special Education (BCASE).  Those that do exist, all cost thousands of dollars NASET & AASEP have the vast resources, materials, abilities, and expertise to provide Professional Board Certified Advocate in Special Education at a much lower fee than any other organization or association in the country.

The fee for each of the 6 required Modules is only $195 (Members) or $225 (Non-Members), making the total fee for the entire Board Certification process only $1,170 (Members) or $1,350 (Non-Members). You can save from $220 to $250 using the single payment option. 

Also, unlike all other programs, there is also no application fee involved.

Our ability to provide the Board Certified Advocate in Special Education program at a fee far less than other groups is also due to our extensive use of an online environment to present the certificate course materials, thereby avoiding the costs of producing printed materials along with the associated shipping and handling costs.

In addition to an online presentation of the module materials, each unit contains  many files for downloading and printing offline in the comfort of your own home or office. Members of the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) are entitled to discounted pricing for all certificate modules.

                                                                                         Member**         Non-Member
Course Fee  (Each Module (6))                          $195/each                 $225/each
* One Payment for All Modules*                           $950                           $1,100

 * (Save from $220 to $250)    

** Members of National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)

CREDENTIALS FOR CANDIDATES TO USE UPON COMPLETION OF THE BOARD CERTIFIED ADVOCATE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Upon completion of all requirements for the Board Certified Advocate in Special Education, professionals may use the respective Academy Credentials, B.C.A.S.E. (Board Certified Advocate in Special Education) after their educational degree (e.g., M.S., B.C.S.E or Ph.D., B.C.A.S.E.) denoting their achievement.

For example:

Sally J. Smith, M.S., B.C.A. S.E
Board Certified Advocate in Special Education

CERTIFICATION RENEWAL FOR SUCCESSFUL B.C.A.S.E. PROFESSIONALS

All candidates who complete the Board Certified Advocate in Special Education program must renew their certification annually with the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)  The goal of certification renewal is to ensure that BCASE professionals maintain the highest level of competence and continue to remain current in the field of special education advocacy.  Although certification renewal will provide an additional unit of updated information, it does not require any further examinations or the performance of any professional duties for certification renewal. The annual BCASE certification renewal fee for NASET Member is $125.00. Non-members renewal fee is $165.00. BCASE RENEWAL FORM

To learn more about BCASE certification renewal and to request the renewal form, download here or contact the NASET Career Center  careercenter@naset.org

APPLICATION AND HANDBOOK FOR AASEP BOARD CERTIFICATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

Applicants for Board Certified Advocate in Special Education program should download both the Handbook and the Application. The application can be filled in on your computer then printed for your signature. Instructions for submitting the application are included on the application.


Advocacy Links

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BCASE FAQ - Click here

BCASE Handbook - Click here