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Becoming an Executive Function Specialist

Are you interested in becoming an executive function specialist?

Do you want to make a BIG impact on others and help them reach their goals?


Here are the steps. 

Step 1:
Possess One of the Credentials Below

Become a Professional Educational Therapist 

To become an Ed Therapist you need specific coursework in a range of areas related to instruction and development. Learn more about that process here

Be a Credentialed Teacher 

Complete a teacher credentialing program and share documentation of an active teacher credential. 

Posses a Master Level Degree in a Related Field 

Demonstrate mastery in a related field that contributes to enhancing a client's executive function. This may include therapists, counselors or a health-related degree.

Step 2:
Complete the Executive Function Specialists Training Course

After completing the appropriate credentials, the next step is to complete the coursework available through the Executive Function Coaching Academy

The coursework includes instructional videos, live meetings, assessments, and opportunities to reflect on your learning. Additionally, joining the executive function coaching community and interacting with other coaches is a great way deepen your expertise and make important connections. 

The Executive Function Coaching Academy only opens a few times per year, so please complete the application if you would like to be notified when enrollment opens.  

Step 3:
Decide if you would like to work independently or for an organization

If you choose to work independently you will want to: 

Complete the "How To Attract Executive Function Coaching Clients Course" which you can register for here

If you choose to work for an organization you will want to: 

Research and apply for work at an executive function coaching company. Many smaller educational therapy practices also provide executive function coaching. If you wish to apply for a position at EF Specialists, visit our careers page.

Step 4:
Complete on-going professional development to refresh your coaching abilities

Once you have completed the initial training and have decided to work independently or for an organization, you must commit to ongoing professional development to keep your coaching abilities fresh and useful for your executive function coaching clients.


Subscribe to our newsletter to be informed of upcoming professional development opportunities. 

  • Who are AET Educational Therapists?
    AET-qualified Educational Therapists have met high educational, philosophical, and ethical standards to support their clients. AET Associate Educational Therapist members are highly trained professionals, with graduate- level degrees and documented educational backgrounds in special education, educational assessment, and the philosophy and practice of educational therapy. AET Educational Therapist/Professionals (ET/Ps) have completed additional supervised hours with a Board Certified Educational Therapist and have logged at least 1500 hours of direct service with clients. AET Board Certified Educational Therapists (BCETs) have reached the highest level of professional qualification by completing a Master’s Degree in a field related to educational therapy and meeting additional requirements including submitting a comprehensive case study and passing a best practices exam.
  • Who benefits from the support of an AET Educational Therapist?
    Adults, adolescents, and children with learning differences who need personalized intervention plans and one-on-one support to remediate deficits and promote strengths and abilities. • Students and employees with executive function challenges who need assistance to take control of their time management, thinking strategies, memory, and organization. • Learners who have given up the hope to learn. • Bright students who are not thriving at school. • Parents who want to learn how to support their children. • Allied Professionals who need to understand the learner’s perspective. • Pediatricians who need a better understanding of learning differences.
  • Who do Educational Therapists collaborate with?
    AET Educational Therapists work closely with Allied Professionals such as psychologists, diagnosticians, pediatricians, educators, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and other professionals to provide comprehensive support to their shared clients.
  • How do I find an Educational Therapist?
    You can visit our team page to learn more about the Educational Therapists on our staff or you can find trusted, trained, and professional AET Educational Therapists may be found by accessing the Find an ET resource at
  • What is the difference between an Educational Therapist and a tutor?
    While a tutor generally focuses on teaching specific subject matter, an educational therapist’s focus is broader. Educational therapists work as a team with parents, teachers, and other professionals to set goals and develop an intervention plan that addresses not only academic difficulties, but also psycho-educational and socio-emotional aspects of life-long learning through an eclectic combination of individualized intervention strategies.
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