Dyslexia Studies and Language-Based Learning Disabilities Graduate Certificate

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A New Online Offering in Partnership with Landmark School

Learning differently requires teaching differently. As an increasing number of teachers, administrators, parents and caregivers will attest, students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD), such as dyslexia, require specialized, deliberate instructional planning and techniques. LBLD students can’t thrive without it.

Now, in a groundbreaking new partnership with Landmark School, SNHU offers an online Graduate Certificate for Dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Disabilities to better understand the different facets of various LBLD learning processes.

Explore the renowned Landmark School’s six guiding principles™ that help students, grades 2-12, with language-based learning disabilities achieve academic and social success. Landmark’s practical and effective strategies will help you reach and empower your students with LBLD. They are valuable tools for traditional teachers as well.

Please note: This graduate certificate does not lead to initial teacher licensure, administrator endorsement, or prepare you to become a Landmark specialist.

Why a Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia Studies and Language-Based Learning Disabilities?

In just 15 credits, you’ll gain insight into the minds of students who struggle to process written and verbal language. You’ll reap the rewards of helping young people gain not just practical skills but the self-confidence critical to “making it” in school, college and beyond.

  • Help the 1 in 7 American children who have some type of learning disability (85% of individuals with learning disabilities struggle with reading)
  • Learn at your own pace with this specialized program offered fully online 
  • Learn from the best (currently certified teachers from Landmark School have helped design, develop and are teaching each course online at SNHU) 
  • Position yourself for career growth
  • Gain a deeper understanding of dyslexia and LBLD as a parent
  • Pursue professional development relevant to a variety of careers

Landmark’s online graduate partnership with SNHU is a first and a unique opportunity for educators and parents to learn from educators who have been practicing and perfecting these strategies since 1971.

The Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Disabilities is the ideal tool for teachers, 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. It is also geared to help parents understand and advocate for a child who has been diagnosed with LBLD.

LBLD is a common cause of students’ academic struggles because reading, writing and speaking  skills impede comprehension and communication, which are the basis for most school activity. Like all learning disabilities, LBLD results from a combination of neurobiological differences (variations in the way an individual’s brain functions) and environmental factors (e.g., the setting for learning and type of instruction).

Curriculum for Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia Studies and Language Based Learning Disabilities

Graduate certificate seekers are required to complete five courses that focus on how students with LBLD process information, express knowledge, respond to appropriate instructional models and exemplars, and learn to advocate for their own learning.

Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia Studies and Language Based Learning Disabilities Courses

SPED-610: Executive Function and Study Skills
Students with language-based learning disabilities often struggle with the cognitive and self-regulating tasks associated with executive function. These tasks range from organizing time, materials, information; preparing for work, managing frustration, accessing memory and self-monitoring one's progress and work. This course introduces educators to research-based strategies that increase and improve executive function through the use of effective study skills. While the course will explore relevant research on language-based learning disabilities and executive function, the emphasis will be placed on the practical teaching skills drawn from Landmark's Six Teaching Principles. These principles, which will be integrated throughout the course, encourage teachers to provide structured opportunities for students to achieve success, use multiple instructional modalities, create skill-based micro unit tasks, ensure student skill automatization through practice and review, provide models, and include the student in the learning process.
SPED-630: Expressive Language-Skills and Writing
This course focuses on the strategies and skills for supporting expressive language skills for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities, primarily for writing. The course introduces the concepts of scaffolding the writing process, using a hierarchy of skills to build appropriate foundational skills sets, and understanding the hidden demands of writing for students with language-based learning disabilities. Students in this course will draw from relevant research on expressive language arts to develop practical teaching strategies for their own learning environments.
SPED-635: Reading Interventions for Students with LBLD
This course provides a survey of effective reading interventions drawn from research-based practice for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. Students in the course will integrate appropriate diagnosis strategies, engage with the current research analyses on reading and language-based learning disabilities (LBLD), and develop practical strategies for supporting learners in developing the phonemic awareness, decoding patterns, and sound-symbol relationships that improve reading fluency.
SPED-640: Language-Based Learning Environments
Creating a supportive, effective, and well-structured language-based classroom is a key strategy for supporting students with language-based learning disabilities, though the principles apply to effective instruction for a variety of learners. This course will provide an in-depth analysis of teaching principles and academic planning strategies implemented successfully as well as other K-12 language-based environments. Emphasis will be placed on the establishment of proper classroom resources as well as how to arrange them within the physical classroom space.
SPED-650: Social-Emotional Competencies and Students with LBLD
Developing effective self-esteem, emotional competence, and self-advocacy skills can be particularly difficult for learners with language-based learning disabilities. This course focuses on the support for learners in identifying their own learning profile and recognizing their own needs in terms of learning and communication aids. Research on multiple intelligences provides a framework for understanding how to support learners in strengthening their social and emotional skills and efficacy.

About Landmark School

Landmark School was founded in 1971 with the goal of educating students whose reading, writing, spelling and mathematical skills did not match their thinking and problem-solving capacities. Most called these children dyslexic or learning-disabled. The school’s founder, Charles “Chad” Drake, saw their promise and called them bright and capable.

Landmark currently educates 450 students on two campuses in Massachusetts. The school boasts a faculty and staff of more than 300 and is recognized internationally as a leader in understanding and catering to those with language-based learning disabilities. Landmark teachers understand the dramatic range in learning differences and tap into each student’s intelligence. They uncover hidden talents, remediate skill deficits and teach students how to learn, ask questions and self-advocate. As a testament to Landmark School’s effectiveness, 92% of its graduates attend college - over 30% higher than the national average.

For nearly 40 years Landmark's Outreach Program has provided professional development programs and in-school consulting for educators across the country.

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