Credentials & Certifications
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. The UDL framework guides the design of instructional goals, assessments, methods, and materials that can be customized and adjusted to meet individual needs.
Teachers, education leaders, and other professionals, including educational technology companies, can demonstrate their knowledge, application, and incorporation of UDL by earning a credential or product certification from CAST.
- Showcase your achievement with a digital badge
- Competency-based, flexible and personalized
- Provided by CAST—the creator of UDL and the UDL Framework
Showcase how you design to include all learners.
UDL Credentials from CAST
Though the UDL framework has been widely adopted across the globe, it can be a challenge to assess if individuals are truly implementing it. The CAST UDL Credentials can help.
Our credentialing program helps to stimulate, support, and sustain best practices in utilizing UDL. The Credentials support growth in inclusive practices in educational contexts and also provide a baseline criteria for implementation.
The three updated credentials provide an opportunity for participants to gain feedback on their understanding, analysis, and application of UDL.
This introductory credential covers the key concepts of UDL, such as variability, barriers, and expert learning, and serves as the perfect starting point for a UDL credential journey.
In this credential, participants analyze a real-world scenario and determine how the design reduces barriers, supports learner variability, and connects to the UDL Guidelines.
Participants plan, implement, gather feedback, and revise their own design of a learning experience (i.e., lesson) using UDL. This credential supports participants to work through the UDL design process, or the intentional planning of the goal, assessment(s), materials, methods, and physical environment.
UDL Product Certification from CAST
The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Product Certification, a collaboration between CAST and Digital Promise with support from the Educating All Learners Alliance, helps inform educators who are evaluating the accessibility and usability of edtech products. Learn more about the UDL Product Certification launch.
Products must provide transparent communication about accessibility practices and conformance to customers, and must align to the UDL Guidelines, demonstrating how the product’s design features provide multiple ways for learners to engage with the learning experience, access the learning materials, and express their knowledge and skills.