Learning Disabilities Certification
The Learning Disabilities certification will provide you with advanced training in assessment, instruction, and effective interventions for engaging with students with learning disabilities. Our program is aligned with NH State Standards for the education of students with learning disabilities and the national Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards. Taught by faculty who are specialists and leaders in the field, the program aims to meet the critical need for qualified personnel throughout the state and region.
Designed with maximum flexibility to meet the needs of busy working professionals, courses are offered online, evenings, and in weekend intensive formats in both Plymouth and Concord. Internships can be designed around your current experiences in your teaching position.
Teachers who are already certified in general special education may want to add the learning disabilities certification only or in conjunction with the MEd in Special Education. Candidates are required to hold or be in the process of completing a General Special Education Certification as well as coursework in special education law.
Requirements for certification may change, subject to changes made by the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE). Teacher candidates can find the latest NHDOE standards at education.nh.gov/index.htm.
Certification-only Option: Students would complete 24 credits as listed below, excluding the Master’s Core Component.
|Master’s Core Component||9 credits|
|ED 5000 Social Behavior in a Diverse Society||3|
|SE 5765 Families and Children: Legal and Ethical Issues||3|
|ED 5030 Research Design||3|
|– OR –|
|SE 5181 Collaborative Action Research in Special Education||3|
|Learning Theory Component||9 credits|
|SE 5600 Language and Learning Disabilities||3|
|ED 5060 Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development||3|
|– OR –|
|ND 5000 Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching||3|
|IN 5970 Integrating the Arts||3|
|Learning Disabilities Component||12 credits|
|SE 5581 Technology for Diverse Learners||3|
|SE 5770 Behavioral Disorders in School-Aged Children||3|
|– OR –||3|
|SE 5566 PBIS: Targeted At-Risk||3|
|SE 5601 Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment||3|
|SE 5700 Advanced Curriculum and Instruction for LD||3|
|Capstone Experience||3 credits|
|SE 5962 Learning Disabilities Internship||3|
Total for MEd in Special Education, Learning Disabilities K-12 Certification – 33 credits
Note: Candidates are required to hold or be in the process of completing a General Special Education certification as well as coursework in special education law.
The University is pursuing approval by the New Hampshire State Board of Education for an approved certification program in Learning Disabilities. Students may take courses associated with this certification while the University seeks approval. Until approval is granted, students cannot be recommended to the State Department of Education for certification. State certification is contingent upon the program being approved by the New Hampshire State Board of Education.