Cal State Northridge is launching this semester a new Master of Science in Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services (ATHS), believed to be the first such degree program in the country, according to CSUN’s blog.
Offered jointly by the Colleges of Health and Human Development and Engineering and Computer Science and CSUN’s Tseng College of Extended Learning, the new program is aimed at mid-career professionals interested in understanding and working with all aspects of the new technologies-from conceptualization and design to use and instruction. It will include more than 60 Northridge faculty and,representatives of the university’s nationally acclaimed Center on Disabilities.
The CSUN master’s program encompasses research and design; law, ethics and policy; counseling education and the dynamics of play. The technological aspects are enhanced by the program’s link to the master’s program in assistive and rehabilitative technology in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
There are a total of 14 students in the program’s first cohort.
CSUN annually hosts one of the world’s largest conferences for people with disabilities, academics, and some of the world’s leading technology entrepreneurs, who meet to explore ways technology can make life easier for persons with disabilities. The 2010 CSUN Conference will be held from March 22-27, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California.
For more information about the Master’s program, visit CSUN’s Web site http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/aths/aths.html.