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Educational Therapy Certification in Nebraska

As a Nebraska educational therapist or an aspiring educational therapist, one of the best things you can do for your career is to seek certification through the Association of Educational Therapists. Becoming certified by this important organization is like having a stamp of approval to show to your clients or to your potential or current employers. It can increase your salary as well as your chances for promotion, and also makes you eligible for many professional benefits only given to those with certifications. While certification is not for everyone and not even open to everyone, it is well worth it to consider becoming certified or, in some cases, taking the necessary steps to become certified.

First and foremost, the Association of Educational Therapists requires all of its certified members to have a least a master's degree in their field. For many, especially those who are happily working without having a master's degree, the idea of earning one of these degrees sounds like a lot of hassle. However, a master's degree can open many doors, helping you to be eligible for the most prestigious and highly paid positions in the field. Plus, a master's degree is usually much less difficult to earn than most people bargain for. For starters, almost all programs are designed with working adults in mind, making it completely possible to balance your work and/or family life with your educational pursuits. In fact, many master's level classes today are now offered in the evening, completely online, or through a combination of online and in person coursework. Best of all, it is not necessary to have a related undergraduate degree in order to earn a master's degree in the field. Most programs are more than happy to accept students from diverse academic backgrounds and enjoy the unique perspectives these students bring to the program.

In addition to having your master's degree, you must also have been a professional member of the Association of Educational Therapists in good standing for at least two years. Please note that a standard membership is not the same as a professional membership, and time spent as a standard member cannot count toward the time requirement. Professional membership requires a payment of $100 for the first year of membership, at most fifty hours of supervision/mentorship, and at least 1500 direct service hours, meaning hours spent working with clients, over a period of ten years.

Obviously, for those just getting started in the field, reaching all of the requirements necessary for certification is not something that can be done overnight. Therefore, for people in this situation, certification is a good thing to look forward to and to plan for. You should apply for a standard membership and start tracking your direct service hours early on in your career if you know that you later plan to seek certification. This will help you immensely when the time for certification comes, and will keep you from scrambling around, piecing together everything that you need.

As mentioned earlier, certification isn't for everyone. For some people, it just doesn't seem necessary. For others, however, it is a wonderful springboard by which they can choose to take control of their careers and reach their professional goals. It's up to you to do further research and to assess your current status and where you would like to be in the future, so that you can ultimately determine whether or not board certification is right for you. If you're unsure, then we suggest going ahead for the certification anyway, since it cannot hurt but can definitely help you in the long run.