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Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities: Strategies for Success

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Graduate Credit: 3 semester hours

Formats: Print & DVD or Online

Level: Grades K–6

Tuition: $510*

Course #: EDUC-6949T


10 weeks after receipt of coursework

*For Print & DVD format, add $30 fee for Course Study Guide (required)

If you are a general education teacher who has or may have a student with learning disabilities in your classroom, this graduate-level course is for you. You’ll begin the course by learning the types and characteristics of learning disabilities and the challenges that students with learning disabilities may experience in school. Then you will explore research-based instructional methods and strategies designed to support student learning in core academic areas, including reading, writing, spelling, and math. You will also examine ways to improve students’ problem-solving, organizational, and study skills as well as effective ways to incorporate technology to increase student achievement. Complete the course with practical ways to help students gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to succeed academically.

Print format requires Internet access for some reading assignments.

Some assignments in this course may be more easily completed through student interaction.

Teaching Tangibles

  • Discover how to create an inclusive classroom that meets the needs of all your students
  • Learn about and how to apply Response to Intervention (RTI) and progress-monitoring processes
  • Review the referral process and what determines eligibility 
  • Explore ways to collaborate effectively with teachers, specialists, parents, and others to support students’ needs
  • Understand the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students with learning disabilities
  • Watch teachers in real classroom scenarios as they incorporate a variety of practical methods to reach all their students
NOTE: This course requires interaction with students in order to complete some assignments.

More Information

Download a course fact sheet to share with your supervisor, principal, and other teaching colleagues who may be interested in learning more about Canter graduate courses. The overview includes a description of the course as well as information on:

  • Course topics and outcomes
  • Course assessment criteria
  • Course format and materials
  • System requirements (online format)
  • Featured education experts



Douglas K. Hartman, Ph.D.

Dr. Hartman is a professor of teacher education and educational technology at Michigan State University, Codirector of the Literacy Achievement Research Center, and Coordinator of the Literacy Studies Program. He is the senior editor of the Journal of Literacy Research and the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. His research interests focus on new literacies, adolescent literacy, and the history of literacy. Dr. Hartman is the recipient of the Albert J. Kingston award for service to the field of reading and literacy.

Linda Lambert, Ed.D.

Dr. Lambert is professor emeritus at California State University, Hayward, and president of Lambert Leadership Development. She has served as a teacher, principal, district director, and coordinator of leadership academies. Dr. Lambert is the author of The Constructivist Leader, Who Will Save Our Schools?, and Building Leadership Capacity in Schools. Her major research areas involve constructivist leadership, leadership capacity, teacher leadership, school and system improvement, and women in leadership.

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D.

Dr. Almasi is a former elementary school teacher and reading specialist and is currently the Carol Lee Robertson Endowed Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Kentucky. Her research has examined the contexts in which children learn from text, particularly in terms of strategic processes and peer discussion environments. She has published three books (Teaching Literacy in Third Grade, Teaching Strategic Reading Processes, and Lively Discussions! Fostering Engaged Readers) and her research has been published in journals such as: Reading Research Quarterly, The Journal of Literacy Research, Elementary School Journal, and Educational Psychologist.

The following course materials will be delivered directly to you:

  • Textbook: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities: A Step-By-Step Guide for Educators, by R. Pierangelo and G. Giuliani
  • DVD: Strategies for Teaching Students With
    Learning Disabilities

    (For online format, the DVD is provided as backup to streaming video online.)

If you order the print & DVD format, you will also receive:

  • Study guide: Supporting Students With Learning Disabilities: Strategies for Success ($30 fee)

Required: You must download the Course Information Packet (for print format) from

Academic Policies (for online format) can be found in your online classroom and on


This is a graduate-level course; therefore, you must have a bachelor's degree or above to enroll and receive credit.

Earning Graduate Credit

Total coursework for this course is equivalent to a 45 contact-hour course. Graduate credit will be issued when you successfully complete the following course requirements:

  • Collaborate with study partner(s) (Print & DVD format only).
  • Collaborate with colleagues through discussion boards (Online format only).
  • View video segments.
  • Complete required text/journal readings, assignments, and the final paper.

System Requirements
Operating system for PC: Windows Vista®, or Windows® 7 or 8 Operating system for Mac®: OS X 10.7 (Lion) or higher Processor: 2 GHz, 32/64 bit or higher Memory: Minimum 2 GB of RAM; 4 GB or higher recommended
    Microsoft Internet Explorer® 8 or higher
    Google Chrome 27
    Mozilla Firefox® 21
    Mac®: Apple® Safari® 5.1 or higher
Internet connection: Broadband (DSL, cable modem, or similar) required Software: Microsoft Word®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, Adobe® Flash® Player 11.1 or higher (free), Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® version 10.1 or higher (free) Monitor resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels or higher

Note: Read4Credit™ Courses do not require Microsoft Power Point. Some Read4Credit™ courses may require Adobe Flash Player.



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