Did you know that one in seven students faces some type of learning disability? Roughly 85 percent of these students struggle with reading — and 5 percent to 15 percent have dyslexia. Others deal with dyscalculia, dysgraphia, expressive language disorder, and auditory and visual processing disorders.
Teaching language-based, learning-disabled (LBLD) students requires specialized methods and approaches — many of which you won't learn in a traditional Master of Education program. That's why Southern New Hampshire University developed the first-ever online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program with a concentration in dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities, a dyslexia and LBLD-focused Master in Curriculum and Instruction online program expressly designed to help students who struggle with reading and writing succeed in elementary to high school, college and beyond.
This innovative concentration within our Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program is a joint partnership with Landmark School, a renowned leader in the field of serving, educating and empowering LBLD students in elementary, middle and high school. Additionally, this online degree program is designed to align with 21st century learning.
In the online MEd program, you'll learn how to cultivate academic success in K-12 children with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia. You'll 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. Courses will center on how students with LBLDs learn, self-regulate and benefit from tailored instruction. This program satisfies the professional development coursework needed each year to renew teacher licenses.
The dyslexia studies and language-based learning disabilities concentration is a master's-only pathway program that does not lead to licensure or prepare you to become a Landmark specialist. The online curriculum and instruction master's program is ideal for K-12 educators who are leading in the area of curriculum and instruction.
Upon completion of the Master in Curriculum and Instruction online program, you will be prepared to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your online curriculum and instruction master's degree at SNHU include:
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 percent of its graduates attend college - more than 30 percent 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.
The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree program does not lead to licensure. View disclosure information. View disclosure information.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Candidates must also submit an acknowledgement form and professional resume. Additional forms may be required depending on your background.
The LBLD-focused Master in Curriculum and Instruction online program, in partnership with Landmark School, is designed for both currently certified teachers and educators already leading in the area of curriculum and instruction. Roles include trainers, librarians, guidance counselors, curriculum developers, assessment administrators, program evaluators, learning center tutors and language trainers.
Demand for instructional coordinators will continue to grow as schools focus on the effectiveness of educators and curriculum evaluation and improvement. In fact, employment is expected to increase 7 percent through 2024.* Jobs for special education teachers are projected to increase 6 percent through 2024.**
The online curriculum and instruction master's with a dyslexia studies concentration is designed for K-12 educators who are leading in the area of curriculum and instruction. The program consists of 12 courses, including nine core education courses and three courses specific to dyslexia studies and language-based learning disabilities. Courses will center on how students with LBLDs learn, self-regulate and benefit from tailored instruction.
At SNHU, you'll learn from the best. Certified teachers from Landmark School designed, developed and currently teach our online courses.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Instructional Coordinators, on the Internet (visited April 10, 2017).
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Special Education Teachers, on the Internet (visited April 10, 2017).
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.
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.
This course provides an overview 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 assessment 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, sound-symbol relationships, and decoding patterns that improve reading fluency.
This course introduces the frameworks and approaches used in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program. Students explore what it means to be an education/teacher leader in today's rapidly changing, multi-cultural education environments and investigate the many traditional and non-traditional facets of contemporary education leadership. Students are introduced to competencies, characteristics, and practices that relate directly to student achievement and that are grounded in current professional standards.
Students are introduced to the various types and methods of educational research. This exploration helps students understand the value of action research as educators who work in a variety of learning environments. Students develop the foundational knowledge and skills to read, interpret, and use data enabling the student to grow as an educator and improve the learning experiences of students they serve.
This course expands the concepts around being an education/teacher leader by focusing on the characteristics and best practices needed to define and increase success in various learning situations. Focusing on effective communication and collaboration, students employ multiple measures to resolve learning challenges in ways that empower themselves and others. Special attention is paid to the development of learning communities as a tool to improve both teaching and learning and to various legal, ethical, and professional issues found in today's educational environments.
This course provides an overview of the foundations of curriculum design theories and principles used in various learning environments. Developing a functional application of Understanding by Design (UBD), Differentiated Instruction (DI), and the standards of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), students are able to design and develop effective curriculum to match all students' learning needs.
Building on Curriculum Design 1, this course expands the implementation of Differentiated Instruction strategies for all students, especially as they apply to unique learners. Embedding technology in teaching and managing students, including assistive technological solutions, students use multiple data points to design curriculum that can be differentiated and aligned to student, state, and national goals and standards. Particular attention is paid to English Language Learners, students with disabilities and learning differences, and high performing students as part of a heterogeneous learning environment.
Building on Curriculum Design 1, this course focuses on assessment theories and practices as integral elements of curriculum and instruction design. Students take a deep dive into interpreting assessment data of all sorts and using that data to inform curricular choices. Students also investigate embedding assessment technologies into their curriculum as well as technologies that help them interpret student learning.
Building on Curriculum Design 1, this course investigates emerging theories of design and learning in today's increasingly complex learning environments. Rooted in the technology inherent in these theories, students apply strategies for providing curriculum and instruction in alternative virtual and augmented learning settings, in addition to applications in a traditional learning environment.
The seminar sets the stage for the capstone project in allowing students to develop and focus scholarship around the project as well as their philosophy statement regarding curriculum design. Drawing from the technology-focused, inclusion-centric themes explored throughout the program, students draft a mini research proposal, conduct preliminary research, and identify materials essential to completing the Capstone project.
In the capstone, students integrate their previous coursework and demonstrate the mastery of their knowledge and skills that they have developed throughout the program. Students synthesize prior learning in order to develop a complete curriculum in an area of interest that they will be able to utilize, along with their portfolio, to illustrate their educational philosophy that was honed as part of the pre-capstone and showcase their growth as an educational leader.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
$40 Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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