January 30, 2014
Southern New Hampshire University announces a partnership with Landmark School and the launch of two new online programs for those wishing to pursue a specialty in Dyslexia Studies and Language-Based Learning Disabilities.
The first is the master's in Education in Curriculum & Instruction – Dyslexia Studies and Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLD). This new 33-credit (11-course) concentration within SNHU's popular Curriculum & Instruction program is a joint partnership with Massachusetts-based Landmark School, a renowned leader in the field of serving LBLD students.
The online MEd in Dyslexia Studies and Language-Based Learning Disabilities prepares students to cultivate academic success in K-12 children with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Program participants will discover how to apply innovative, highly structured practice and research-based approaches to heighten school-aged students’ executive function, information-processing skills, oral and written expression levels, social-emotional confidence and ability to self-advocate.
The second newly unveiled track within this specialty is the graduate certificate in Dyslexia Studies and Language-Based Learning Disabilities. In just 15 credits, program participants will gain insight into the minds of students who struggle to process written and verbal language while reaping the rewards of helping young people gain the practical skills and confidence critical to succeeding in school, college and beyond.
Landmark School's partnership with SNHU is a first.
Benefits of the SNHU programs offered in partnership with Landmark School include:
"We are ecstatic about arming teachers with the skills they need to help challenged students shine," said Landmark Headmaster Robert Broudo. "The untapped potential of these kids is enormous, and they deserve a teacher that understands how they learn."
Ideal candidates for the MEd in Dyslexia Studies and Language-Based Learning Disabilities include trainers, librarians, guidance counselors, museum educators/docents, community-based educators for diet, health, safety and environment, curriculum developers, assessment administrators, program evaluators, learning center tutors and language trainers.
Ideal candidates for the graduate certificate in Dyslexia Studies and Language-Based Learning Disabilities include all of the above, as well as parents of LBLD children.
"You won't find an online program like this anywhere. Period. It is uniquely special," said Dan White, associate dean of Education at SNHU’s College of Online and Continuing Education. "A program like this is overdue, but given the powerhouse faculty we've assembled and the importance of our partner, Landmark School, it was worth the wait. We expect to be the premier program for dyslexia studies and language-based learning disabilities within a matter of years, maybe months."
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