Learning Disabilities and Instructional Techniques - MA Licensure Academy

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Jan 03 2018 to Apr 10 2018
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The general field of learning disabilities will be surveyed including history, definitions, assessment, and remediation. The underlying neuro-developmental functions of the brain will be examined, as well as how differences in brain functioning can lead to difficulties learning in school and in job performance in the workplace.

This course includes a pre-practicum field-based experience. For more information, please see our Pre-Practicum FAQ.


This course may be taken either as part of a Licensure Program or as an individual course for PDPs. Graduate Credit through Fitchburg State University is available at additional cost; Master’s Degree and CAGS options are available. Click here to learn more about Graduate Credit.

Cost and Registration

This course is free of charge for accepted participants, is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and is open to individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements.  For more information about eligibility, please see our Mass Licensure Academy page.

Course Structure, Dates and Locations

This is a Hybrid Online course, and requires online coursework in addition to attendance at 4 in-person Saturday sessions. The course is offered in Marlborough on the following dates:

  • January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, 2018, 1:30pm - 5:00pm

Registration Deadline: January 5

For more information, contact:
413.586.4900 Option 6

Important Information


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available, we will inform you of available options.

If course enrollment is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, options will be made available that may include taking the course in another location or semester, or participating in face-to-face sessions virtually, where students see, hear, and interact with the class through the web.

Some courses may continue to have seats available after online registration has closed. Please contact the Licensure Registrar at registrar@collaborative.org or (413) 586-4900, Option 5, if you would like to register for this course after online registration has closed.

Registrations submitted after the 5:00pm deadline noted for each course must be sent by mail and include the course tuition. Please contact the registrar at registrar@collaborative.org.

Coursework and Attendance

Attendance at all face-to-face sessions is mandatory. Missing a face-to-face session will reduce your grade by one letter grade. If you know you cannot attend one of the face-to-face sessions for this course, please consider taking this course the next time it is offered.

All coursework is due by the course end date.

CES Continuing Education Loans

Students enrolled in CES Licensure programs, as well as those seeking Master's Degrees and CAGS through Fitchburg State University, have the option to finance their programs with loans through UMassFive College Federal Credit Union (umassfive.org).

Loan program details: https://www.umassfive.coop/products/loans/specialty-loans

Inclement Weather

If a Saturday class is cancelled, the class will meet on the following day, Sunday. If a Sunday class is cancelled, the class will not be rescheduled. Students may receive information from their instructor regarding alternate assignments.

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.