Help Students with Learning Challenges
- $627 per credit for 18 credits
- Complete in as little as 6 months
- In partnership with the Landmark School
- Understand language-based needs in the classroom
- Courses designed and taught by teachers working in the field
- Gain specialty skills for your students' IEP
In a groundbreaking partnership with Landmark School, Southern New Hampshire University offers an online Dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Disabilities Graduate Certificate 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 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.
See Yourself Succeed in Dyslexia Studies
The graduate certificate in dyslexia studies online is the ideal tool for teachers, trainers, librarians, guidance counselors, museum educators/docents, community-based educators, 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 a LBLD.
In just 15 credits, you'll gain insight into the minds of students who struggle to process written and verbal language. Develop the skills you need to help the 1 in 7 American children who have some type of learning disability (85% of individuals with learning disabilities struggle with reading). In turn, you'll help young people gain the self-confidence critical to "making it" in school, college and beyond.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your graduate certificate in dyslexia studies online at SNHU include:
- Affordability. Take advantage of some of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation
- Convenience. Attend class when it's convenient for you - online education means 24/7 access
- Efficiency and flexibility. Complete your certificate at your own pace, over five 10-week terms per year
- Expert instruction. Currently certified teachers from Landmark School have helped design, develop and are teaching each course online at SNHU
- Networking. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni for internship and career opportunities
- Student support. Count on the ongoing support of dedicated academic and career advisors specialized in your area of study
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.
For nearly 40 years, Landmark's Outreach Program has provided professional development programs and in-school consulting for educators across the country.
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 currently certified 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, job prospects for special education teachers are expected to grow by 3% between 2018 and 2028 – that's over 13,000 jobs added to schools.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.
"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 certification 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 certification with Southern New Hampshire University is also geared to help parents understand and advocate for a child who has been diagnosed with a LBLD.
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.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog|
|Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia & Language Based Learning Disabilities|
|Courses May Include|
|Graduate Certificate Dyslexia Studies and Language Based Learning Disabilities|
|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 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.|
|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||Students with language-based learning disabilities often exhibit deficits in social skills, therefore a structured approach to developing proficiency in essential social and emotional competencies becomes an important part of a teachers' skill set. This course focuses on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as an essential piece in student development. This course will also provide an overview of the concept of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) derived from evidenced based instruction and research. Emphasis will be placed on developing individual strategies for students and establishing a classroom culture based on SEL practices.|
|Total Credits: 15|
Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
|Online Graduate Programs||Per Course||Per Credit Hour||Annual Cost for 15 credits|
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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.