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Universal Design Continuing Education Courses

New Online Courses from the Idea Center based on the new textbook: Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments

View our Course List to see descriptions of all 10 of our course offerings and to register.

Overview and Expectations

Courses are designed 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 cover the principles and knowledge bases relevant to many design problems, methods for obtaining information about designing for the life span, and best practice examples to demonstrate the value of universal design.

Courses supplement the textbook Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments with online video lectures (provided with transcripts), additional readings, tests, projects, and discussion topics. An emphasis will be placed on independent study while the instructor acts as guide and facilitator. The discussion board connects individuals from around the world who learn from each other as well as from experts in the field. The instructor will assist students with their studies and projects and review the progress of each student.

Students are expected to complete about 15 hours of work over a 4-week period. There are no required log-in times so students can access the course on their own schedule. Students who complete all the course materials in the time allotted will receive a certificate of completion for each course completed and a special certificate for completing all 10 textbook-based courses. Program requirements were revised in 2013. Students enrolled prior to 2013 will be bridged to the new program automatically and should contact us to learn how the updated program affects their specific course completion history.

U.S. Architects will receive 15 hours of CEU credit (HSW) for completing qualifying courses (as indicated by the Course List).


Courses cost $250 each, plus the cost of textbook. All* courses require the textbook Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments. The book is available in print ($75 USD, plus shipping) and e-book format ($65 USD). You must receive delivery of the book prior to the start of the course. No refunds granted for failure to obtain book on time. You can purchase the book at: Wiley & Amazon. The same book can be used for multiple courses.

*The course, UD and Housing 2: Design Applications, requires a different textbook: Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book for $40, available only in print version.


To register, select "Add Course to Cart" on the Course List page.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan White ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )