This program will provide the necessary framework for individuals interested in acquiring the skills and training required to take on the role of educator for students with learning disabilities. This program has two streams, enabling course participants to specialize in either the Learning Strategies (LTLD) or the Assistive Technologies (ADLD) stream.
Learning Strategies stream – upon completion of this stream, graduates will be able to work with special education specialists to develop strategies appropriate for students with learning disabilities, to determine processing strengths and challenges, and to match recommendations from psychological assessments with academic accommodations.
Assistive Technologies stream – upon completion of this stream, graduates will have current skills and knowledge relating to assistive devices and software in order to assist persons with learning disabilities in academic settings.
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This Learning Disability Specialist program is designed for educators who work with students with diagnosed learning disabilities. The program focuses on providing participants with methods and tools necessary for working with students who have significant information processing difficulties as they relate to organizational, analytical, comprehension, general study and coping skills.
The minimum requirements for admission to the Learning Disability Specialist Graduate Certificate programs are as follows:
LTLD/ADLD: Minimum 2 or 3-year diploma or degree from an accredited postsecondary institution.
It is recommended that the diploma/degree described above is related to the field of education. This program builds on knowledge and training that participants would have attained in preparing for positions as educational assistants, resource teachers, learning strategists, disability counsellors, educational tutors or assistive technologists for students with learning disabilities and/or other positions that provide educational support for students with learning disabilities in the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary settings.
Students pursuing both streams should contact the program officer regarding the elective courses prior to registering for GIC1161 or GIC1162.
Note: Courses in the program require access to some or all of the following:
Computer with a minimum:
- PV or better
- 1 GB RAM
- 60 GB Hard drive
- Sound card with speakers
- Noise Reducing Amplification Headset (for Dragon NaturallySpeaking)
- TWAIN compatible scanner (for Kurzweil 3000)
- Web browser
- Assistive technology software
The minimum passing grade for all courses is a ‘B’ (70%).
How to Apply
Continuing Education at (705) 566-8101, extension 7373 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)
Fees are charged per course and will vary accordingly.
Tuition Fee (International Students)
Fees are charged per course according to current international rates and will vary accordingly.
Course descriptions below.
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- GIC1155- 002 – Understanding Learning Disabilities
In this course, students will obtain an introductory understanding of learning disabilities. A variety of definitions of learning disabilities will be reviewed. Participants will gain an appreciation of the academic, social, emotional, behavioural and vocational impact. Psychological processing difficulties will be discussed in relation to their impact on learning. Participants will utilize psychological assessments to create learning profiles of student strengths and difficulties which can be used to guide the selection of effective accommodations and learning strategies.
- GIC1156- 002 – Legal Foundations
In this course, students will develop an understanding of the laws that affect persons with learning disabilities in Canadian society with an emphasis on Human Rights Law. The Accessibility for Ontarian’s with Disability Act will also be explored. Participants will be exposed to activities to develop the skills and attitudes that will promote successful interventions to develop self advocacy skills in youth or adults.
- GIC1157- 002 – Introduction to Assistive Technology
In this course, students will be introduced to some assistive technology software and hardware and develop competency in their application with students with LD. Participants will be introduced to one of: textHELP!, Read and Write, Kurzweil 3000 , Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred, along with other “low tech” products that are available for students with learning disabilities.
- GIC1158- 002 – Introduction to Learning Strategies
In this course, students will build on their knowledge of how youth and adults learn and cover the theoretical and conceptual frameworks underpinning the development and delivery of learning strategies for students with learning disabilities. Relevant research and useful resources will be examined.
- GIC1159- 002 – Professionalism & Ethical Practices
In this course, students will investigate assisting adults with disabilities. This task carries an ethical commitment that extends to every aspect of disability service providers including assistive technologists and learning strategists. In addition, this service area is evolving into a professional group providing distinctly specialized services. Students will review and assess proposed standards of professionalism and a code of ethics that will continue to be refined by service providers. The discussion will include an investigation into the legal responsibility associated with ethical practice.
- LST1000- 002 – Learning Strategies – Academic
In this course, students will continue to explore a variety of learning strategies which can assist students with learning disabilities to more effectively cope with their academic challenges. Course participants will learn to apply specific strategies in the areas of reading, written expression, mathematics, and test anxiety/test taking. Course participants will be required to interact with learner volunteers.
- LST1010- 002 – Learning Applications of A.T.
In this course, students will build on the participant’s knowledge of learning disabilities, learning strategies, and assistive technology. Students will learn how to enhance learning strategies by combining these with appropriate assistive technologies and to apply them to academic learning and/or vocational activities. Participants will be required to interact with student volunteers.
- LST1020- 002 – Learning Strategies – Efficiency
In this course, students will continue to explore a variety of learning strategies which can assist students with learning disabilities to become more effective learners. Course participants will learn to apply specific strategies in the areas of memory, time management/organization, note taking and study skills. Participants will be required to interact with volunteer learners.
- LST1030- 002 – Applied Study – Learning Strategies
In this course, students will consolidate experience and learning in a practicum supervised by an experienced practitioner in learning strategies, working with students with learning disabilities. **Students must take all other courses in this program before this course.
- AST1000- 002 – Text to Speech
In this course, students will build on the established computer knowledge of participants to further develop competence in the selection, installation, and use of text to speech software. While the software recommended is textHELP Read and Write and Kurzweil 3000, other software will be explored. Participants will learn to identify the sources of text to speech software, develop competence in the installation, troubleshooting and operation of text to speech software packages, use the Planning for Success Excel spreadsheet with a student with learning disabilities to determine the appropriateness of this intervention, and become more proficient in training students with learning disabilities in the use of the equipment.
- AST1010- 002 – Voice Recognition Software
In this course, students will build on established computer competencies. The participant will be prepared to develop competencies in the selection, installation, and use of voice recognition software. Participants will learn to identify the sources of voice recognition software, to develop competencies in the installation, troubleshooting, and operation of a software package, be able to use the Planning for Success questionnaire to determine the appropriateness of this intervention, and become more proficient in training students with learning disabilities in the use of the software.
- AST1020- 002 – Integrating A.T. with L.S.
In this course, students will build on the participant’s knowledge of learning strategies, learning disabilities, and assistive technology. The learner will apply concepts and knowledge gained with the understanding and methodology to integrate assistive technology with learning strategy methodologies.
- AST1030- 002 – Applied Study – Assistive Technology
In this course, students will consolidate experience and learning in a practicum supervised by an experienced practitioner in assistive technology and students with learning disabilities. Please note – students must have completed all of the courses in the program BEFORE this one.
- GIC1161- 002 – ADHD and LD
In this course, students will explore the definition, characteristics, and impact on academics and employment for students with co-existing ADHD and LD. Strategies and accommodations for assisting these students will be discussed.
- GIC1162- 002 – Developing & Delivery Workshops
In this course, students will develop skills to design and deliver workshops. Workshops are popular methods of information delivery and can be very effective with the topics of assistive technology, learning strategies, and learning disabilities in general. Participants will develop an understanding of the unique needs of learners with learning disabilities in a workshop setting in order to promote effective learning.
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