The needs of adults with learning disabilities (LD) are complex.
Professionals who work with these individuals must possess a high
level of expertise in the areas of learning disabilities theory,
assessment, educational methodologies, instructional strategies,
advising and counseling techniques, service delivery models, and
knowledge of legal mandates and disability rights.
The Adult Learning Disabilities certificate program provides high
quality, relevant course work that prepares participants to more
effectively serve adults with learning disabilities.
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A core body of knowledge, skills and practice in adult
Skills and resources to effectively engage, assess and
educate adults with learning disabilities
Networking opportunities with other professionals
The opportunity for career advancement
15 units of graduate-level credit from Sacramento State
Courses are designed for educators and other professionals who
interact with learning disabled adults including:
Learning disability specialists and instructors
Learning center directors, coordinators and staff
Educational advisors and counselors in disabled students’
Counselors in special services, rehabilitation, private
practice and schools
Community college and university faculty
Instructors in the Department of Corrections
Reading, writing and mathematics specialists
The Adult Learning Disabilities certificate is comprised of six
courses for a total of 15 units of graduate-level academic
credit. Courses are scheduled in a convenient format to meet the
needs of working professionals.
This is a cohort program, and is not self-paced. Participants
should be committed to completing the program within the
scheduled time frame. If participants miss a course there is no
guarantee it will be offered in the future.
If you are interested in taking individual courses, please
contact the program coordinator for more information. Please
note, participants enrolled in the full 15-unit program cohort
will be given registration priority over those taking individual
Units earned in this program are graduate-level. Students who
choose to apply these units toward a graduate program must check
with the degree-granting institution regarding acceptance of
Learning Disability Assessment Kits
Some courses in this program require the use of specialized
equipment and materials. You will be required to learn about and
administer a variety of assessment tests and the availability of
test kits is very limited.
Participants must borrow a test kit from a local community
college and/or share it with other program participants. The test
kit lending institution may require that these tests be
administered and assessed onsite during regular business hours.
Participants must be prepared to conduct interviews and make
observations and assessments outside of program class time.
All of the instructors in this program are highly skilled working
professionals, drawn from experienced learning disabilities
specialists, university and community college faculty, and
professionals from related fields.
Computer Capability Requirements
Portions of this program are delivered online. In order to
participate in this program, you must have a valid e-mail
address, basic computer skills and access to a computer that
meets minimum hardware and software requirements.