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Dyslexia Certificate Online Language-based Learning Disability Support

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Register By: July 27 Classes Start: July 29

Help Students with Learning Challenges

  • $637 per credit for 15 credits
  • Complete in as little as 8 months
  • In partnership with the Landmark School
  • Understand language-based needs in the classroom
  • Gain specialty skills for your students' IEP
  • Courses designed and taught by teachers working in the field

Online Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia Studies & Language-Based Learning Disabilities Overview

Learning differently requires teaching differently. As an increasing number of teachers, administrators, parents and caregivers will attest, students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLDs), which can fall under the umbrella of a specific learning disability (SLD), will need an individualized education plan, known as an IEP. Students with LBLDs such as dyslexia may struggle without them, thus the necessity exists for teachers to earn skills that serve the individualized needs of these students.

In a groundbreaking partnership with Landmark School, Southern New Hampshire University offers an online Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Disabilities for educators who want to better understand how to support students with language-based learning disabilities.

Explore the renowned Landmark School's Six Teaching Principles™ that help students, grades 2-12, with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) achieve academic and social success.

The Six Teaching Principles™ are:1

  1. Provide opportunities for students to experience success
  2. Use multi-sensory approaches to teach
  3. Use micro-units and structured tasks for every student
  4. Ensure automatization through practice and review
  5. Provide models for students to use as a guide
  6. Include students in the learning process

"The Landmark School's partnership with SNHU shares our commitment to helping all students reach their full potential," said Kaia Cunningham, adjunct instructor at SNHU. Our courses communicate our institution’s knowledge and best practices to deliver information to educators so they can help their students attain academic proficiency.

Overall, 5 different courses were built by Landmark educators in conjunction with SNHU course professionals. Each course is taught by Landmark faculty and offers practical and effective strategies that will help you reach and empower your students with LBLD.

For those who feel as though a Masters program best aligns with their career goals, SNHU also offers an online Master's in Education (MEd) in Curriculum & Instruction with a selection of concentrations including one in Dyslexia & Language-based Learning Disabilities. 

Learn how to:

  • Focus on how students with LBLD process information and express knowledge
  • Respond to students with LBLD using appropriate instructional models and exemplars
  • Help students advocate for their own learning

Licensure Information

This graduate certificate does not lead to initial teacher licensure, administrator endorsement, or prepare you to become a Landmark specialist. For currently licensed educators, please note that state requirements for adding endorsements vary greatly.  As a result, SNHU does not guarantee that the completion of this certificate will result in rank, endorsements, and/or salary increases and strongly encourages interested individuals to contact their state licensure board prior to enrolling.

SNHU provides additional information on our Licensure and Certification Disclosures page. View disclosure information.

MEd in Dyslexia and Language Based Learning Disabilities
Course co-developer and Landmark teacher Katie Chhu talks about the partnership between Landmark School and Southern New Hampshire University, and how you can leverage that partnership to expand your teaching toolkit and help every student reach their full academic and social potential.

Career Outlook

While job growth varies by region, teaching is always an in-demand occupation.

The online Dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Disabilities Graduate Certificate, in partnership with Landmark School, is designed for teachers and educators already leading in the area of curriculum and instruction. The certificate program is also ideal for those interested in becoming a language-based learning disability (LBLD) or dyslexia specialist.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for special education teachers was $62,950 in 2022.2 As learning disabilities are identified earlier, more special education programs are added to schools and other organizations. This is predicted to cause an increase in demand for teachers certified to work in the field of special education.

Kaia Cunningham with the text Kaia Cunningham

"Research has shown that waiting until the third grade to identify reading difficulty can create a gap too big for students to be able to close," said Kaia Cunningham, adjunct instructor at SNHU. "Thus, early and targeted remediation is essential. Taking the Landmark School courses through SNHU to gain strategies and knowledge about dyslexia and other similar learning disabilities can help teachers create an equitable classroom, no matter who or where they teach."

The dyslexia certificate online is an ideal credential for people in the following professions:

  • Special education teacher: Teachers who work with students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) are always in demand. In this role, you might work with students of any age, helping them with reading, writing or study skills. You might work with students who have visual or auditory impairments, are on the autism spectrum or have other emotional disorders.
  • Youth services librarian: As a librarian, you may have many opportunities to inspire students and help them gain confidence with reading skills. Understanding how children process language and need help learning to read could help greatly in this role. You may also use your knowledge to decide which books or materials to include in the library collection so that students of all levels of reading and learning ability are supported.
  • Guidance counselors: Once a certified guidance counselor, the certificate in dyslexia and LBLD may help you in aiding students develop social skills in addition to reading skills. You may create a transition plan for a student to move from one grade to the next. You may also be in the unique position of being proactive for assessing student academic, social or developmental needs in support of their learning.
  • Museum educator: This is a dynamic position that can encompass many specific content areas. Museum educators work with school groups and students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. In this role you may serve as a teacher, a visitor advocate, a content creator – or all three. You may also help with exhibit design, where you can incorporate sensory learning and other features to be inclusive to students of all levels of learning ability.
  • Curriculum developers: In this role, you may help design the education programs that help students learn. The more you know about LBLD, the better equipped you will be to design courses and programs that are fun, educational and accessible to all students.
  • Learning center tutors: Many schools have learning centers or writing centers staffed with professional tutors. As a tutor, you may work with students who have a variety of learning differences, including dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. In this role, you may help students of all ages develop the academic skills they need to success in writing or math, or even study skills or life skills.
  • Reading specialist: This is a role that can be found in a traditional day school, a boarding school or even as a private tutor. Reading specialists do more than just help students with their reading skills. They plan classes, teach lessons and evaluate and assess student needs and progress. They may work with students individually, in small groups or in a full classroom setting. Reading specialists are needed in every academic level from elementary school through secondary school.

The dyslexia certificate with Southern New Hampshire University is also geared to help parents understand and advocate for a child who has been diagnosed with a LBLD.

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

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Courses & Curriculum

Teachers, administrators, parents and other caregivers and educators have become increasingly aware of how students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) can be served by deliberate instructional planning and engagement.

The Graduate Certificate for Dyslexia and Other Language Based Learning Disabilities allows stakeholders to learn more about how to help school-aged students with language-based learning disabilities achieve academic and social success.

Graduate certificate seekers are required to complete 5 courses that focus on how students with LBLD process information, express knowledge, respond well to appropriate instructional models and exemplars, and must learn to self-advocate for their own learning.

Note: This graduate certificate does not lead to initial teacher licensure or administrator endorsement.

In just 15 credits, you'll gain insight into the minds of students who struggle to process written and verbal language. You’ll be able to do the important work of helping young people gain the self-confidence critical for success in school and beyond. You'll be in a position to help students who struggle to process language become more proficient and successful students.

Courses may include:

  • Executive Function and Study Skills: Coursework covers research-based strategies and relevant research on LBLD and executive function, with an emphasis on the Landmark Schools’ Six Teaching Principles. Integrated throughout the course, these principles provide a modality for teachers and other professionals to create lesson plans and ensure student success throughout the learning process.
  • Expressive Language Skills and Writing: Focusing on the writing process in particular, this course provides instruction on the skill set needed to understand the hidden demands of writing for students with LBLD. Drawing on relevant research, coursework may include developing practical teaching strategies and skills for supporting students with dyslexia and other LBLD.
  • Reading Interventions for Students with LBLD: An overview of reading interventions drawn from research can help you learn to integrate assessment strategies, engage with current research and develop practical strategies for supporting learners in developing phonemic awareness, sound-symbol relationships and more.
  • Language-Based Learning Environments: With an in-depth analysis of teaching principles and academic planning strategies, this course covers establishing classroom resources and how to present and manage the physical classroom space to benefit students with LBLD.
  • Social-Emotional Competencies and Students with LBLD: Because students with LBLD often struggle with social skills, this course presents a structured approach to helping students develop proficiencies in social and emotional competencies. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies for students and for establishing a classroom culture based on the concept of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).

"Many students in this program are already well into their teaching careers," said Kaia Cunningham, adjunct instructor at SNHU. "These courses can serve as a way for them to expand their teaching toolbox or add credentials to their resumes."

SNHU also partners with the Landmark School to offer a concentration in Dyslexia and Language-based Learning Disabilities as part of the online MEd in Curriculum & Instruction program, which is ideal for students looking to earn their master's degree focused on enhancing the curricular experience for students in a K-12 environment. Plus, you can choose from 5 concentration options to allow for further specialization in areas such as reading, special educationonline teaching and education leadership.

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 – more than 30% higher than the national average.

"Recognizing that Landmark School was founded with a focus on understanding dyslexia and key educational practices relating to dyslexia, SNHU welcomed the addition of Landmark expertise to their MEd," Cunningham said. "Both SNHU and Landmark agreed that embedding a certificate program in dyslexia would attract educator interest and meet a need in the field," she said.

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

Tuition & Fees

At SNHU, we’re committed to making education more accessible, by making it more affordable.

Beyond low tuition rates, we help our students save through transfer credits, credit for prior learning, grants and scholarships, tuition assistance and more. U.S. service members, both full and part time, as well as the spouses of those on active duty are also eligible for a 25% tuition discount.

This certificate is not eligible for federal financial aid. Students seeking alternatives to federal financial aid can explore tuition assistance, grants and scholarships, as well as private loans. To learn more about private loans, visit our Funding Your Education with Student Loans page.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,911 $637 $9,555 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course). Foundational courses may be required based on your undergraduate course history, which may result in additional cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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