An NILD educational therapist is a highly-trained individual who works with struggling learners in a one-on-one or group therapy setting. Educational therapists are specifically equipped with the ability to identify and assess student learning needs. They create and implement individual educational therapy plans utilizing the NILD techniques specific to the learning goals for each student. Therapists are passionate, skilled, relational, and empathetic. They are individuals who want to be a part of unlocking learning potential for their students through an individualized, therapeutic approach.
Educational therapists must first have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in education or a related field. Most begin their careers as teachers with an undergraduate degree in education or a related field. They then receive post-graduate training in educational therapy.
Other educational therapists do not start out as teachers. They enter the field because they have a family member who is experiencing learning challenges (commonly referred to as “learning disabilities” or “learning disorders”).
Why Become an NILD Educational Therapist?
Our therapists are trained through rigorous, graduate-level courses. They are mentored, participate in professional development, and complete a certification process. They are skilled professionals involved in an intervention with a long history of success!
What are the experts saying about NILD?
NILD professional certification is recognized and respected by educational therapists, administrators, classroom teachers, experts in the field of education and parents alike. Educational therapists who earn certification demonstrate NILD’s core values of integrity, innovation and synergy. They show integrity by maintaining high professional standards and commitment to their students.
Once a therapist has successfully completed our first level of training out of three, they are qualified to begin working with students in a one-on-one or group intervention setting. However, NILD does recognize our most highly trained educational therapists. Upon successful completion of all three levels of NILD training, attending NILD conferences on a regular basis and submitting letters of recommendation, the NILD Board of Directors, Executive Director and Instructors award the educational therapist a certificate of achievement as a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (PCET). NILD PCETs serve as leaders in NILD as mentors, workshop presenters, and instructors. In order to best meet the needs of students, NILD is committed to maintaining rigor in our courses and professional development opportunities to ensure our therapists are prepared to address the learning needs of all students.
Though NILD has served over 100,000 students in it’s 40 years of success, there are many more students who would benefit from educational therapy who are not currently being served. NILD is always seeking to train more therapists to meet the high demand for educational therapy!
We offer a Master’s Degree in NILD Educational Therapy (link) that leads to certification as an NILD Professional Certified Educational Therapist (PCET).