SELECT A BOARD-CERTIFIED EDUCATION ADVOCATE

•   Board-Certification guarantees that an Education Advocate has completed a rigorous course of advocacy training, has peer-reviewed practical experience, and is bound by a professional  practice act which establishes standards of ethical practice.  They must complete 6 hours of exams and complete 198 hours of NSEAI Board approved curriculum (or equivalent curriculum) (16.50 hours for 12 classes  (Lecture 5.50 + Out of Class Assignments 11.00 =avg.)

•   There is no other guarantee that an advocate has the training and experience required to advocate effectively for your child.  Education advocacy is an unlicensed, unregulated profession, and NSEAI is the only professional association offering voluntary board certification of Education Advocates.  Training programs offer certificates of attendance but do not Board Certify. Anyone can print a business card and say that he or she is an education advocate.  There are unqualified and unethical practitioners providing services to, those with special education needs, our most vulnerable population of children.   This leaves the public without recourse, except for the NSEAI BCEA complaint process. .  

•   Board Certified Education Advocates are experts in education advocacy.  The NSEAI, Board Certified Education Advocacy Training (BCEAT) program is the most comprehensive and broad in the nation.  It educates, education advocates in the cross training and broad scope of knowledge required to practice education advocacy today.  This includes cross training in the areas of IEP development, education, law, research based programs, behavior management, clinical related services (occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physical therapy, audiology, psychology, orientation and mobility…), ethics and business practice.   NSEAI focuses on solutions using the IEP Team process  outlined in IDEA vs just taking a legalistic process.

•   Board Certified Education Advocates are trained to get clients a free and appropriate education, at the IEP level, and to prevent due process, when possible.  They often handle complex cases and appropriately refer to other professionals, creating a qualified team.  A comprehensive education, including a sound foundation in research based methodologies and programs, provides education advocates with an understanding of what is vitally important to protecting parental rights.  

•   NSEAI training develops technical and judgment skills.  Practicum experience gained with other professional education advocates helps them address complex cases at the IEP level and develop outstanding technical skills.  Additionally, the continuous education requirement finely tunes skills and provides for unique qualifications that are critical to the success of an education advocate, where conflict resolution skills are called upon continuously.  

•   Board Certified Education Advocates have knowledge of a wide range of potential solutions.  Their recommendations are not limited by lack of training or inability to obtain appropriate information to make the complex recommendations when necessary.    

 

THE BCEA CREDENTIAL IS A MARK OF QUALITY

The BCEA Credential is a mark of quality and defines competency.  Board certification shows the rest of the industry that BCEAs are committed to their profession.  It demonstrates to the public that a professional education advocate has:

•   completed an intensive, prescribed, customized and specific sequence of training, in
    professional knowledge, skills, and experience
•   obtained supervised experience in the field of education advocacy
•   professional peer evaluation and references
•   completed prerequisite continuing education requirements
•   accountability to an active and enforceable code of ethics
•   a commitment to continuing education, so to remain current within the profession
•   been trained by highly qualified instructors
•   a professional identity and credential as an Education Advocate
•   advanced to a professional stature within the industry
•   demonstrated a voluntary professional commitment, to the profession
•   demonstrated a minimum level of proficiency, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities,
    judgment and expertise in the field of education advocacy.
•   independent verification that they have met the minimum professional competency standards
    established by subject matter experts.
•   successfully completed a rigorous process of testing of professional outcomes
•   a time-limited credential that must have periodic recertification
•   knowledge of evidence-based guidelines, national standards, best practices and the latest
    advances in education advocacy, so to assist clients
•   the commitment and expertise to consistently achieve superior client focused outcomes in a
    responsive way   

 

PARTIAL LIST OF BCEAs™    BOARD CERTIFIED EDUCATION ADVOCATES

BCEAs are throughout the United States.

This is a partial list of BCEAs.

BCEA VERIFICATION IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

Name                                     Certification Designation*  Email  /Website Town, State                    

Maureen Anello                            Fellow   manello62@gmail.com   Devon, PA
Clare Algeo                                    Fellow  calgeo@arcofchestercounty.org    West Chester, PA 

Amy Betts, M.Ed.                          Fellow   betts.advocate@gmail.com    Phoenixville, PA
Alexandra Bricklin                        Fellow   alexsolre@mac.com  www.thelovingaction.com  Media, PA

Kelly Connell                                  Fellow kelly.l.connell@gmail.com   Broomall, PA

Douglas F. Dresher                       Fellow  dfddresher@gmail.com  Freehold, NJ

Gertrude Fulmer                           Fellow  rfulmer@comcast.net  Sellersville, PA

Mary Jane Gore                             Fellow  mjbdgore@gmail.com  Pottstown, PA

Christine Athena Hesling             Fellow  chesling@mckinleyryan.com  Lincoln University, PA

Joyceann Husted                           Fellow  joyceann925@gmail.com  Downingtown, PA

Devon L. Hyson                             Fellow  devonhynson@aol.com   www.educationvoicesinc.comWilmington, DE

Marie Lewis, RN, PhD                  Fellow marieclewis@verizon.net   www.marieclewis.com  Paoli, PA

Donna Lindley                               Fellow  arc-dl@hotmail.com  Downey, CA

Celia Litman                                   Fellow  celialitman@yahoo.com  Harleysville, PA

Connie Mohn, M.Ed.                     Fellow 

Maria Petsos                                  Fellow  Ionikos5@verizon.net  Ivyland, PA

Denise L. Pleickhardt                    Fellow  denise@myownstar.net West Creek ,NJ   www.myownstar.net

Cindy Rackow, M.Ed.                     Fellow  elderrack@aol.com   www.cindyrackow@google.com  Rosemont, PA

Sarabeth Ann Starr                       Fellow sara@starreducationaladvocacy.com  Newtown Square, PA

Nan Stoudenmire                          Fellown stoudenmire@yahoo.com  Downey, CA

Nsima Umoh-Camara                   Fellow umoh_camara@hotmail.com  Coatesville, PA

Susan Magaziner                           Fellow  slmag@comcast.net  Essex, CT

Jane Thurston                                 Fellow janeleet@aol.com  West Grove, PA

Cris Flick                                          Fellow   pcflick@verizon.net    West Chester, PA

Nadene Bickel                                Fellow  www.advocacyeducation.com  Hatboro, PA    

Marylou Berk                                    Diplomat   gatsby29@verizon.net  West Grove, PA

Denise Lorraine Eubanks                Diplomat  Philadelphia, PA

Maureen Hendrix Fox, M.Ed, J.D.   Diplomat   mfox@fairfieldcountyadvocacy.com  Fairfield, CT

Sherry Diamond, MS CCC               Diplomat   sdiamond139@gmail.com  Wayne, PA

Jennifer Pixley                                   Diplomat   jenpixley@hotmail.com  Exton, PA

Amanda Ores                                    Diplomat   mandika918@yahoo.com  Downingtown, PA

Barbara Siegal                                   Diplomat   blksiegel@live.com  Unionville, PA

Megan Slack                                      Diplomat   advocateshelp@gmail.com  Lansdale, PA

Kimberly Rolph                                 Diplomat   kimberlyrolph@gmail.com  Radnor, PA

Christine Shelly                                 Diplomat   chrissyshelly@gmail.com  Oxford, PA

Joan Allessandri                                Diplomat   alessandri@live.com   Raleigh, NC

Shari Cissel                                        Diplomat    cissel@comcast.net    West Chester, PA           

 

Jafar Abdulayev                               Consultant  jabdulayev@arcpddc.org   www.arcpddc.org  Philadelphia, PA

Germaine Bambrick                        Consultant  kittenleap1976@verizon.net  Newtown, PA

Bart Benoff, Esq.                              Consultant  staff@benofflaw.com  Philadelphia, PA

Kari Burdeau                                    Consultant  kburdeau@arcofchestercounty.org  Phoenixville, PA

 Anita Cutrara                                   Consultant  acutrara@aol.com  West Chester, PA

 Haimanot Daba                               Consultant  htdaba@gmail.com  North Wales, PA

 Colleen Fleck                                    Consultant  cmfsjf@verizon.net  Malvern, PA

 Lisa Penrod Frankel, M.Ed             Consultant  lpfrankel@gmail.com  Wilmington, DE

 Heather Guhl                                   Consultant hmguhl@comcast.net  Fredricksburg, VA   

Phillip Harnish, PhD                        Consultant  pph321@aol.com  Downingtown, PA

 Lynne Harrison                                Consultant  lynnedharrison@gmail.com  www.lynneharrison.com  Collegeville, PA

 Marcia Ho-Gatto, DVM                   Consultant  mhgatto@yahoo.com  Gilbertsville, PA

 Karen Killian-Troilo                          Consultant   killiantrk@comcast.net  Cinnaminson, NJ

 Conchita Lawson                             Consultant  efectvwrtr@aol.com  Elkins, PA

  Jane Christine Miller                       Consultant   janesews4u@aol.com  Kingston, PA

  Maureen O'Hara                             Consultant  moh436@comcast.net  West Chester, PA

  Elizabeth Morin                               Consultant  bethmorin@gmail.com  Phoenixville, PA

  Sandra Phillips                                Consultant  educate.me@comcast.net  Spring City, PA

  JoEllen Riehl                                    Consultant  riehljem@msn.com  Exton, PA

  Nicole Simon                                   Consultant  nickymendezsimon@gmail.com  Bryn   Marw PA    

 Suzanne Smith-Colbert                  Consultant  ssc005@msn.com  Malvern, PA

  Ronald Steen                                  Consultant  ron.steen.bcea@gmail.com   www.steen-advocacy.com  Harleysville, PA

  Deborah A. Thomas                      Consultant  dethom4@verizon.net  Malvern, PA

  Susan Walthall                                Consultant  wizardwc@aol.com  West Chester, PA

  Nofre Vaguer                                  Consultant  nvaquer@arcpddc.org     www.arcpddc.org  Philadelphia, PA

 

 

3 LEVELS OF CERTIFICATION

NSEAI offers three levels of NSEAI Board Certification for Education Advocates:

LEVEL 1 - FELLOW         
•    A master’s or doctoral degree in education, degree in psychology, law, clinical studies OR
     appropriate professional education advocacy experience of a minimum of three years and at
     least one of those years in independent practice
•    Continuing educational credit hours of at least 30 hours outside of NSEAI training
•    Successful completion of the Board Certified Education Advocacy Training and exams
•    Successful management of cases in a minimum of 5 different school districts
     (waiver available for some geographic regions)
•    Consultation on 20 cases with a minimum of 100 hours or 100 hours of mentoring by a BCEA
•    Agreement to follow the  NSEAI - Practice Act - Principles and Guidelines
      that govern their actions as consultants, in private practice
•    Submission of two professional or institutional references or one NSEAI BCEA reference


LEVEL 2 - DIPLOMAT           
•    A bachelors or master’s or doctoral degree in education, degree in psychology or law OR
     appropriate professional education advocacy experience of a minimum of one year
•    Continuing educational credit hours of at least 20 hours outside of NSEAI training
•    Successful completion of the Board Certified Education Advocacy Training and exams
•    Successful management of cases in a minimum of 2 different school districts  (waiver available for some geographic regions)
•    Consultation on 10 cases with a minimum of 50 hours or 50 hours of mentoring by a BCEA
•    Agreement to follow NSEAI - Practice Act - Principles and Guidelines
      that govern their actions as consultants, in private practice
•    Submission of two professional or institutional references or one NSEAI BCEA reference


LEVEL 3 - CONSULTANT        
•    Graduate or undergraduate degree in education, psychology, law or clinical studies,
     student in a college majoring in education, psychology or law, OR
     parent of a child with special needs requiring services OR
     up to 1 year of education advocacy experience
•    Successful completion of the Board Certified Education Advocacy Training and exams
•    Consultation on 1-9 cases with a minimum of 30 hours or 30 hours of mentoring by a BCEA
•    Agreement to follow NSEAI - Practice Act - Principles and Guidelines
      that govern their actions as consultants, in private practice
•    Continuing educational credit hours of at least 10 hours outside of NSEAI training
•    Submission of two professional or institutional references or one NSEAI BCEA reference

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