Learning Disabilities

The sequence of prerequisite and required courses includes introductory and advanced coursework in learning disabilities (EPSE 316, 526), and in special education more generally (EPSE 512), a foundations course in learning, development, and instruction, a supervised “clinic” assessment to intervention experience offered in an accessible community-based setting (EPSE 431), and a field experience in students’ own settings where they apply what they’ve learned. To meet this last requirement, M.Ed. students complete a field study (EPSE 598), while M.A. students often bridge theory and practice within their thesis research (EPSE 599). Students in both Masters programs will have opportunities to take electives, to elaborate their understanding of how to support students with learning challenges.

View the standard program prerequisites and additional information.

Program Requirements

EPSE 512 (3) Critical Issues in Special Education
Choose 3 credits of ECPS Coursework outside the SPED area:

List of approved ECPS Courses

Learning Disabilities Core Courses includes (6 credits):
EPSE 526 (3) Seminar in Specific Learning Disabilities
EPSE 565H (3) Special Topics in Learning Disabilities
Choose 9 credits from approved electives including the following two courses (if equivalent not taken previously):
EPSE 421 (3) Assessment of Learning Difficulties
EPSE 431 (3) Programming for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities
Methodology Requirements – choose 3 credits from the following (or other approved course):
EPSE 592 (3) Experimental Designs and Analysis in Educational Research
EPSE 593 (3) Design and Analysis of Research with Small Samples and Single Subjects
EPSE 595 (3) Qualitative Research Methods
EPSE 596 (3) Correlational Designs and Analysis in Educational Research
Thesis Requirement (6 credits):
EPSE 599 (6) Master’s Thesis

Contact the program assistant for application or course registration information.

For more information about the concentration, contact Dr. Deborah Butler or Dr. Nancy Perry.