Special Education: Learning Disabilities (GC)


The certificate is for an individual seeking an initial teaching license, add-on teaching license, or additional knowledge in learning disabilities. Students work with an advisor to determine a plan of study for all courses needed. 

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Education and Training



Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

This program satisfies licensure-to-practice standards for Minnesota and may satisfy standards for other states or US territories.

Licensure/Certification Disclosure

Program Requirements

Restricted Electives

The Learning Disabilities Graduate Certificate is a variable certificate with 10 to 14 credits.

Core Competency Courses - Choose 7 - 11 Credit(s). Core Competency Courses. This certificate is specifically designed to meet MN Board of Teaching (BOT) Licensure Standards. A student admitted to this program must work with an advisor to determine the exact number of credits needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards.

This course addresses foundational knowledge for teachers of students with learning disabilities, and focuses on the referral, evaluation, and program planning process for these students.

Prerequisites: none

Pedagogy for teaching students with mild to severe learning disabilities with an understanding of instructional theories and trends. Applications include sequences/adaptations of instruction/curriculum, technology integration, collaborative techniques, and metacognitive strategies. Focus is in reading, written language, and mathematics.

Prerequisites: none

Field experiences in off-campus programs providing services to students with learning disabilities. Designed to professionalize the educational experience and ensure license standards competency. Must be taken with SPED 649.

Prerequisites: none

Licensure Requirement - Choose 3 Credit(s). Students without an existing special education license are required to take SPED 656

This is an accompanying course for initial licensure Special Education teacher candidates in the areas of ASD, DCD, EBD, LD, and ECSE.

Prerequisites: none

This course is an accompanying course for all advanced licensure Special Education teacher candidates.

Prerequisites: none