Landmark College’s Learning Differences and Neurodiversity (LDN) certificate is an online post-baccalaureate professional development program for educators and professionals who work with students with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, or other learning differences. The program uniquely integrates LCIRT’s 30+ years of research with evidence-based practices, classroom strategies, and technologies to support learning. Courses offer the convenience of online learning as well as the opportunity to interact with an engaged group of education professionals through video conferences and discussions.
Two different tracks are available—students can choose to pursue either of these five-course certificates:
Specialization in Executive Function
- An emphasis is placed on executive function skill training (e.g., time management, organization, initiation, working memory, cognitive flexibility, inhibitory control) to improve academic success for students who learn differently.
Specialization in Autism on Campus and Online
New for 2020-2021! Two new courses in the certificate will be offered, focused on 1) social and emotional differences and 2) cognitive and academic challenges autistic students face. Drawing largely on supports and programs offered at Landmark College, the focus of each course will be on understanding and supporting the needs of students in high school and post-secondary environments. To earn the new specialization, enrollees in the program will take the two new courses, along with two “core” program courses, and a Capstone course.
The application deadline for the next set of courses is March 28, 2021
Earn your certificate with the full series, or take individual graduate courses
You can enroll in individual three credit courses or complete a five-course sequence to earn a Certificate in Learning Differences (LD) and Neurodiversity from Landmark College. With the exception of the capstone, each course can be taken individually and in any order. Courses are:
- Understanding and Supporting Diverse Learners (Either track)
- Academic Strategies and Executive Function Supports For Students with LD, ADHD, and Autism (EF track)
- Academic and Cognitive Supports for Autistic Students (Autism track)
- Student Engagement, Self-Regulation, and Motivation (EF track)
- Social and Emotional Supports for Autistic Students (Autism track)
- Online, Blended, and Classroom Technologies for Diverse Learners (Either track)
- Capstone Project: Applying EF In Varying Educational Contexts (EF track)
- Capstone Project: Supporting Autistic Students on Campus and Online (Autism track)
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I really like the balance of theory and practice. It helps me immensely to have the research to refer to when presenting a strategy, but I also appreciate that it’s always very clear why we delve into particular theories.”
Who will benefit from the certificate courses in learning attention and executive functioning?
- Disability service providers
- Transition coordinators
- College and university professors
- High school teachers
- Special education teachers
- Education consultants
- ADHD coaches
- And more!
How you will benefit from the LDN Certificate Courses
- You’ll develop a deeper appreciation of the unique challenges faced by students who learn differently.
- You’ll acquire an in-depth understanding of executive function (EF) and evidence-based practices that help students thrive in the classroom.
- You’ll discover the dynamic role of technology in creating accessible instruction.
- You’ll learn methods for engaging and motivating students to help them achieve their goals.
I am finding the material of this course tremendously empowering, as it gives me concrete knowledge I can invoke when discussing either a particular student’s situation or larger institutional issues.”
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- Multiple courses run simultaneously during each 8-week term.
- This allows you to start the series with Course 1 in either the fall or early spring.
- Or you may start with any course in the program (with the exception of Course 5/5b, the Capstone Project).
- Courses are scheduled each academic year in a similar pattern as shown in the table below.
- Courses can also be taken individually (with the exception of Course 5/5b, the Capstone Project).