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Professional Certificates

Executive Function and LD: Integrating Strategies, Study Skills, and Technology

  • Course runs September 17 - November 12, 2016 for 2016/2017 Academic Year

    Instructors: Manju Banerjee, Ph.D. and Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, Ph.D.

    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 learners, including learning disabilities (LD), including dyslexia and dyscalculia; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This will deepen understanding of innovative practices, incorporating Universal Design, executive function supports, and emerging educational technologies. Participants will explore how these approaches can be applied and adapted to provide optimal learning. 

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    LC Micro-Credential in: Understanding Academically Diverse Learners

  • Course runs December 3, 2016 - February 4, 2017 for 2016/2017 Academic Year

    Instructors: Linda Hecker, M.Ed. and Zac Alstad, Ph.D.

    What strategies and supports have proven to be effective in promoting academic success for students with learning and executive function challenges? This course presents evidence-based, classroom-tested strategies, many developed at Landmark College, that help non-traditional learners thrive in academic settings. The first module reviews critical factors to consider when designing effective instruction: processing speed, working memory, executive skills, within the framework of Cognitive Load Theory. The second module describes the features of an EF-Friendly Classroom. Each subsequent module presents a process or strategic approach that addresses difficulties in the following areas: academic reading, academic writing, note-taking, studying and test preparation, and math. The course considers no, low and high-technology approaches that belong in every educator’s instructional toolkit. As a culminating project, participants will synthesize course learning to create student profiles and learning plans.

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    LC Micro-Credential in: Strategies in EF and Academic Supports

  • Course runs February 17 - April 15, 2017 for 2016/2017 Academic Year

    Instructors: Rick Bryck, Ph.D. and Cyrus Shaoul, Ph.D.

    One of the most perplexing challenges educators face is to how to effectively motivate students. Relatedly, how do we do we promote self-directed learning in our students? In this course, we will use the broad construct of self-regulation as a framework for addressing these questions in diverse learners, including students with a learning disability (LD), executive function (EF) challenges, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder, or with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Participants in the course will examine a range of strategies and systems to support, actualize, and sustain student engagement. Specific topics covered include: employing active learning as a motivational tool, encouraging growth mindsets and persistence, developing meta-cognition and self-advocacy, and promoting overall student wellness (including nutrition, sleep, exercise, and stress reduction).

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    LC Micro-Credential in: Engagement of Students with EF Difficulties

  • Course runs April 22 - June 17, 2017 for 2016/2017 Academic Year

    Instructor: Bob Dolan

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    This course will demonstrate effective practices for planning and delivering e-Learning instruction and assessment for diverse learners. e-Learning includes blended, online, and technology-supported face-to-face classes. During the course participants will explore emerging resources that support technology integration in the classroom and online. Participants will learn how to evaluate technologies by how well they support differentiated instruction and cognitive access. As a final project each student will create a comprehensive e-Toolbox as a resource for self and colleagues.

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    LC Micro-Credential in: UD Practices and Application

  • Includes an optional 2-3 day on-campus residency; flexible dates, late June through July 2017

    This capstone course promotes the 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 contexts.  Participants select an area of investigation that is relevant to their current vocational needs and professional interest in order to create a capstone project.  When feasible, projects will be implemented at the learner’s institution to provide both immediate educational impact and an opportunity for learners to refine theoretical understandings and practical applications. The capstone course offers options for personalizing the learning experience by selecting experiences, readings, and modes of expression that best suit participants’ goals and learning profile.  Each participant will design their on-campus learning experience from a menu of options, guided by the support of a Landmark faculty mentor.

    Capstone learners spend 2-3 days on the Landmark campus, supplemented by distance communications (phone, skype, email) engaging in experiences relevant to their chosen project. The residency is timed to coincide with Landmark College summer programs: participants have access to Landmark faculty and staff and are able to engage in observations, professional dialogue, research, and writing focused on synthesizing and integrating learning.

    Capstone students have gone on to:

    • Design websites for their schools
    • Restructure procedures and policies for incoming students with disabilities
    • Publish their work in peer-reviewed journals

Application Deadline for the next course is April 12, 2017.  Apply now!


Our certificate program focuses on ways to support and scaffold executive function challenges, based on our 30+ years working with students who learn differently. 

Courses are taught using a combination of online instruction and real-time online face-to-face learning. In partnership with Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies, students also have the option to apply to receive graduate level credits for their coursework.

Full Certicate or Selected Class Options: Completion of all classes will lead to the certicate. You may also select individual courses of interest and receive Landmark College micro-credentials in the focus area(s) of the course. See the individual descriptions above for the micro-credentials offered in conjunction with each course. 

Certificate course content is developed by Landmark College. Students completing all certificate course requirements receive a Certificate of Completion from Landmark College. Graduate-level credits are offered by the Marlboro College School of Graduate and Professional Studies to students who receive a grade of 80 percent or above in the course.

Program Highlights: 

•  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.

FAQ about the Professional Certificate Courses and Program

  • Through a combination of rich, threaded discussions and synchronous, live video “talk time” with instructors and fellow students, our course participants form a vibrant online community of education professionals.  Students really get to know their instructors and peers. Doing so avoids the anonymity and disconnected feel that is often experienced in an online course. Participants exchange strategies, ideas, tools, and feedback with each other as well as with instructors.

    The program accommodates busy professionals’ hectic schedules. Each week of course content—learning activities, assignments, and even video discussions— can be completed at one’s own convenience. Synchronous discussions are recorded for later access. Course content promotes evidence-based, classroom-tested strategies and approaches with practical applications.     

    “I have enjoyed the Talk Times, and I have even enjoyed the recordings of missed Talk Times. It has helped to feel a sense of community and relationship. I completed my master's degree fully online without any synchronous interaction, so I appreciated this difference.”
    --Heidi T., student in our certificate program

  • The issues covered in this program of study will be of benefit to:

    • Disability service providers
    • Transition coordinators
    • General classroom teachers
    • College and university professors 
    • Special education teachers                                
    • Counselors                                                                      
    • Education consultants
    • And others!
  • Yes! You have the option to take all the full certificate program (five courses) or select individual courses, leading to Landmark College micro-credentials in a particular topic. 

  • No! You can pick and choose the courses that appeal to you and your schedule. The only exception is the Capstone Course, which can only be taken after sucessful completion of four requisite certificate program courses.  

    Completing the full program over multiple academic years will still lead to a certificate. 

  • Yes! Landmark College’s LD credentialing programs offer students unique opportunities to enhance their professional qualifications as educators and professionals working with students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and ASD. Through a partnership with Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies, students can opt to receive graduate credits for courses taken (3 credits per course) through Marlboro College master's degree, certificate, or Educational Technology Specialist endorsement (provided by the State of VT through transcript review). Students can also 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 Marlboro College in offering these opportunities.

    For more information about graduate credit for these courses, contact Admissions at Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies at 888-258-5665 x209 or visit Marlboro's Teaching with Technology program site.

  • Landmark College has a rolling admissions process for these programs. Completion of a certificate will vary according to your program start date. Individual course applications deadlines will be posted as each course approaches; typically the deadline is around two weeks before the course start date.

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree is required for admission into the program or single courses.

    There are no pre-requisites for the first four courses in any program. The Capstone culminates in a project that combines all the learning experiences from the previous courses. Students are expected to take all four courses before participating in the Capstone course. This certificate program offers courses at the graduate level. Course work reflects Master's level rigor and scholarship.

  • Financial aid is not available for our LD credentialing programs, but extended payment plans are available

  • Apply online.

    A completed application form, a copy of your bachelor’s or master's degree certificate or transcript, and a current resume or CV are needed for individual course registration. The program application process has the additional requirement of a personal statement indicating interest in the program and reasons for participation.

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. You will receive an acceptance packet soon after your application has been reviewed and you have been accepted into the program.

  • Students must withdraw from a course within one week of the course start date in order to receive a 50% tuition fee refund. Refunds are not available after the first week of the course start date. Application fees are non-refundable.

  • Student Testimonials

    "I have LOVED working my way through the Learner Profile.  I deliberately chose a student who has baffled me in many ways and having to think specifically about her strengths and challenges within each weekly context has been very useful.  I very much appreciate the immediate practicality of this assignment..."

    "...although I have been working with students on Executive Functioning for about eight years or so, the information presented in this course has been so very helpful to me. Some has offered validation for the knowledge I have gained over the years, and some has taken familiar ideas and concepts to new levels."

    "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." 

    "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."

    "This class has certainly challenged me. I have appreciated the challenge. Thank you!"

    "Many thanks for your instruction, guidance, and patience this term. I have taken away a great deal that will support my professional work."

    "Since I have been out of the teaching loop . . . I have felt even more out of touch on available technology than I did before . . .  This made me dive into the deep end, so to speak, and I'm glad to say the experience was fascinating and encouraging. I'm looking forward to exploring more of what's out there."

    "There is a lot of information to view and absorb, and I wish I had the time to investigate and spend time with each resource to the degree I would like to. I really am enjoying everything I've been learning on this course and I wish it wasn't ending."

  • Program Costs

    Tuition (per course): $1,200

    Credit fee (per course, if taking for graduate credit): $1,515 (subject to change in 2017-18)

    If you are taking a course for credit, a credit fee of $105 per credit ($315 for each 3-credit course) is due to Marlboro College at the end of the course. Thus the total cost of a course taken for credit is $1,515. Graduate credit for the courses is granted through Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies. Transcripts will be maintained at both Landmark College and at Marlboro College.

    Individual course instructors may require participants to purchase textbooks, course packets, or other materials. Participants will also have the opportunity to purchase assistive technologies, including Kurzweil, Inspiration, and Dragon, at a reduced rate.

  • Still have questions? Contact us at:

    Landmark College Institute for Research and Training

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