The Certificate Program Curriculum

Program Description

A new understanding of the ways in which students learn and teachers guide the learning process is shaping education in the 21st century. It is students at the margins, particularly those who learn differently, who are informing contemporary pedagogical practices. At Landmark College, experienced faculty work closely with researchers at the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT) to identify creative instructional practices and to test their effectiveness.

One approach that is integral to teaching and learning at Landmark College is Universal Design, which proposes the proactive creation of instructional materials and environments that anticipate and embrace diversity among student learners. For over 25 years, Landmark College has informed the field on instructional practices and self-efficacy for students who learn differently. Nine out of 10 students at Landmark go on to higher education after graduation. This certificate program embodies many of Landmark College’s faculty and researchers’ unique insight.

The Universal Design: Technology Integration certificate program is designed to provide in-depth understanding of the paradigm of Universal Design and its application to education and educational environments. The program also promotes the dynamic role of technology in creating accessible instruction within the Universal Design context.

Courses Offered

The certificate program consists of 15 credits delivered through five courses. Each course will be offered over an eight-week period. Courses include approximately three hours per week of synchronized online class meeting times. Please refer to the course syllabi for more details about these meeting times.

MPDL625: Universal Design: Principles and Practice - Course runs September 20 - November 15, 2014

Participants in this course will gain in-depth understanding of the ways in which Universal Design (UD) is shaping traditional classroom instruction, accommodations, and student support services, both at the secondary and postsecondary levels. Starting with a brief overview of guiding principles and research findings on UD and its various iterations, this course will focus on applications of UD in multiple settings (classrooms, tutorials, lab work, studio and field studies), and across different contexts (subject areas, orientations, curriculum development). Participants will engage in exploring inclusive and accessible learning products, strategies, and environments, relevant to their current profession or area of interest.

Preview Sample Syllabus
Number of credits: 3
Delivery Method: This is online course with weekly synchronous meeting times. Online delivery will be via Moodle http://moodle.landmark.edu. Synchronous meetings will occur via Skype or Google Hangouts. Synchronous meetings are typically scheduled for about an hour and one half on Tuesday and Thursday evenings EST, OR as determined by the instructors and class cohort. We will attempt to accommodate individual schedules and commitments as far as possible.
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MPDL630: Cerebro-Diversity: Serving Students who Learn Differently - Course runs December 6, 2014 - February 7, 2015

This course provides core understanding of learning theories, frameworks, and best practices for working effectively with students who learn differently.  Participants will explore definitions, research, historical trends, and legal mandates related to learning disabilities, including dyslexia and dyscalculia; Attention Deficit Disorder; and Autism Spectrum Disorder. This will deepen understanding of innovative practices as guided by Universal Design and emerging educational technologies. Students will explore how these approaches can be applied and adapted to provide optimal learning for students. As a culminating project, participants will apply course learning to creating student profiles and learning plans..

Preview Sample Syllabus
Number of credits: 3
Delivery Method: This is an online course with weekly synchronous meeting times. Online delivery will be via Moodle http://moodle.landmark.edu. Synchronous meetings will occur via Skype or Google Hangouts. Synchronous meetings are typically scheduled for evenings EST, OR as determined by the instructor and class cohort. We will attempt to accommodate individual schedules and commitments as far as possible.
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MPDL635: Assistive Technology Practices at Landmark College - Course runs February 20 - April 18, 2015, and includes a weekend residency February 21 - 23, 2014

Assistive Technology Practices at Landmark College will address the varying ways that learning technologies can enrich and enhance the education of students with learning differences. Current research and development in the field of educational technology will be incorporated into the course. Integrated during the residential session will be instruction in specific learning strategies, such as developing reading comprehension with text-to-speech software, note-taking strategies with graphic organizers, and writing using voice recognition and editing software. Exploration of strategic approaches and technologies to support time management and organization of materials will be incorporated. Highlighted technologies will include: traditional assistive technology software (e.g. Kurzweil, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Inspiration); imbedded features of high use software (e.g. Microsoft, Apple); web-based applications (e.g. Google); and mobile apps for phones and tablets. As a culminating project, participants will apply course learning to creating a proposal for educational technology integration in an academic environment.

Preview Sample Syllabus
Number of credits: 3
Delivery Method: Hybrid (Requires a weekend residency at Landmark College (2/21/14 - 2/23/14) and includes real-time online face-to-face instruction. Online delivery will be via Moodle http://moodle.landmark.edu. Synchronous meetings will occur via Skype or Google Hangouts. Synchronous meetings are typically scheduled for evenings EST, OR as determined by the instructor and class cohort. We will attempt to accommodate individual schedules and commitments as far as possible.)
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MPDL640: Applying Universal Design in eLearning Environments - Course runs April 21 - June 15, 2014

This course will demonstrate ways to infuse the principles of Universal Design in the planning and delivering of eLearning instruction and assessment. eLearning includes blended, online, and technology-supported face-to-face classes. In consultation with the instructor, participants develop a self-directed learning plan based on individual professional priorities and drawn from a menu of learning opportunities. During the course participants will seek out and use current and emerging resources that support technology integration in the classroom and online. Technologies will be measured in how well they apply differentiated instruction guided by Universal Design and on practical grounds centered on the participants’ professional environment. As a final project each student will create a comprehensive e-Toolbox as a resource for self and colleagues.

Preview Sample Syllabus
Number of credits: 3
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of one of the first three courses (MDPL625, MDPL630, or MDPL635) or by permission of the instructor
Delivery Method: This is an online course with weekly synchronous meeting times. Online delivery will be via Moodle http://moodle.landmark.edu. Synchronous meetings will occur via Skype or Google Hangouts. Synchronous meetings are typically scheduled for evenings EST, OR as determined by the instructor and class cohort. We will attempt to accommodate individual schedules and commitments as far as possible.
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MPDL645: Capstone Project: Applying UD and AT in Varying Educational Contexts - Includes a 5-day on-campus residency; flexible dates Summer 2014

The capstone course promotes synthesis and integration of learning gained in the previous four certificate courses and provides opportunity for learners to apply what they have learned in their own educational or professional contexts.  In this course, participants will select an area of investigation that is relevant to their current professional needs and interests in order to create a capstone project that incorporates Universal Design principles and practice, including Assistive Technology.  When feasible, projects will be implemented at the participant’s institution to provide both immediate educational impact and an opportunity to refine theoretical understandings and practical applications.

Preview Sample Syllabus
Number of credits: 3
Prerequisites: MPDL625-MPDL640
Delivery Method: Hybrid, including on-campus residency (5 days as identified by instructor and participant to occur between Monday, June 16 - Friday, July 25, 2014)
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Landmark College’s Certificate Program in Universal Design: Technology Integration offers students unique opportunities to enhance their professional qualifications as special educators and professionals working with students with learning disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The certificate program is a multi-level partnership with Marlboro College Graduate School. Students enrolled in this certificate program can opt to receive:

  • Graduate credits for courses taken (3 credits per course) through Marlboro College Graduate School masters degree, certificate or Educational Technology Specialist endorsement (provided by the State of VT through transcript review).

  • Use one or more of the certificate courses as electives towards Marlboro’s Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology degree.

Landmark College is proud to partner with the Marlboro College Graduate School in offering these opportunities to professionals/educators and professionals in special education and postsecondary disability services.

For more information, contact Admissions at Marlboro College Graduate School at 888-258-5665 x209 or visit Marlboro's Teaching with Technology program site.
 

Questions? Contact us for more information!

Landmark College Institute
for Research and Training
802-387-1662
institute@landmark.edu