Our online courses are for everyone: advocates, builders and contractors, planners, architects, occupational and physical therapists, and policymakers. Our expert staff will give anyone interested in the universal design of places, products, and systems the foundation needed to recognize, understand, appreciate, apply, and advocate for universal design in their homes, offices, and communities. The courses address the principles and knowledge bases relevant to solving many design problems using case studies to demonstrate the value of universal design.

All courses supplement a textbook (sold separately) with online video lectures (provided with transcripts), additional reading material, quizzes, assignments, and a discussion forum that connects students from around the world. Students will study independently while the instructor acts as guide and facilitator, assisting students with their studies and assignments, and reviewing the progress of each student.

Students should expect to complete about 15 hours of work over a 4-week period. The course is asynchronous so there are no required sign in times. Students who complete all course materials will receive a certificate of completion for each course completed and a special certificate for completing all 11 courses. U.S. Architects will receive 15 hours of CEU credit (HSW) for completing qualifying courses.

See our Courses page to learn more about the courses we’re currently offering.

See our Textbooks page to purchase the appropriate textbook for the course you plan on taking.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RE5022-01-00). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.