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Application and any transcripts are to be submitted directly to:
The Graduate School Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5667 or (800) 852-4951, ext. 5667
Fax (734) 432-5862
Email: grad@madonna.edu

MAT Learning Disabilities
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MAT Learning Disabilities    
   Required Courses    
      EDU 5060   Research & Educational Practice 3 s.h.  A focus on the knowledge and skills needed by educators to understand, evaluate, and use research. Critical analysis of the major principles of teaching and classroom learning. Applying research skills to researching and critically analyzing recent trends and traditional theories in the field of education. Prerequisite: permission of advisor. 
      Core Option               (3 s.h. to be chosen)    
         EDU 5050   American Education: Historical, Social & Political Perspectives 3 s.h.  A focus on the historical events, ideological controversies, and political and social forces that have shaped the American education system from the colonial period to the present. Designed to develop in educational leaders an understanding of the relationship between schooling and society. 
         EDU 5070   Schooling in Comparative & International Perspectives 3 s.h.  Provides an overview of education systems and developments in selected countries; describes major similarities and differences among these systems of education; and delineates exemplary practices of some countries that may be worth emulating by others. Particular attention is given to assessing Americans education in international context, and to inquiring about developments around the world that may have important implications for the improvement of American schools. 
      Special Education Core    
         SED 5330   Transition Planning Issues & Practices 3 s.h.  The legal basis and practices of transition planning, articulating both philosophical and pragmatic concerns. Given the unique needs of students with disabilities in light of the demands posed by various curriculum areas, situations, and settings, course participants acquire skills and techniques designed to help students experience less dependence on care givers and greater independence in school settings and the broader community. 
         SED 5500   Methods of Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities 3 s.h.  Overview and analysis of special education practices based on current learning theories and research findings related to teaching students who experience high incidence learning and behavior problems. Review of specific procedures for planning via IEPS and delivering instruction in both academic and nonacademic areas. Specific topics addressed include social skills development, prevocational and vocational training, general curriculum modification, and accommodation strategies. 
         SED 6090   Formal & Informal Assessment 4 s.h.  Students become skilled in the administration, interpretation and reporting of educational evaluations. Emphasis on the selection of instruments, administration, scoring, interpreting, and recommendation aspects of the evaluation process, examining formal and informal tests in oral and written language, reading, and mathematics and emphasizing an understanding of the psychometric properties of assessment methods. The content of the course familiarizes students with the nature and purpose of psychological assessment. Practitioners develop and refine diagnostic skills that assist in the understanding and improvement of student learning. 
         SED 6220   Consultation & Collaboration 3 s.h.  An overview of the staff and parent interaction roles and responsibilities of the teacher consultant in inclusive settings. The distinct and differentiating characteristics of consultation and collaboration are delineated, and extensive guided practice opportunities are afforded to students in both areas. Inter-agency collaboration strategies are presented and students review and discuss selected pieces of broader ranging organizational change literature. 
      LD Specialty Courses    
         LD 5350    Psychological Issues in Learning Disabilities 3 s.h.  Review of current psychological research on P-12 grade students with learning disabilities in speech/language, academic skills, attention, fine motor skills, and other functions. Emphasis on stage-related issues in several developmental domains: neurological, cognitive, and socio-emotional. Implications for development and learning are considered within the contexts of culture/ethnicity, family systems, and gender. Psychologically-based service delivery models for teaching and related professions are also discussed. 
         LD 5450    Learning Disabilities 3 s.h.  An introduction to the field of learning disabilities: the historical development of the field and theoretical models of learning disabilities; current definitions of learning disabilities which address the etiological factors and characteristics associated with the condition; the components of the IEP document, including associated regulatory mandates; research findings regarding service delivery models; and program interventions currently used in public and private schools for learning disabled students. 
         LD 5720    Diagnostic & Remedial Techniques in Reading 3 s.h.  Study of methods of assessment and remediation of reading problems and the causes and correlates of reading disabilities.Emphasis placed on informal testing procedures, planning for instruction, and implementing and evaluating remedial programs for students with disabilities. 
         LD 6010    Language Problems in the Learning Disabled Student 3 s.h.  Key concepts and essential framework for understanding language development and language learning disorders in the learning disabled population. Emphasis on identifying language disorders, analyzing patterns of language deficits, and determining appropriate intervention strategies and approaches. Specific intervention procedures tailored to patterns of language impairment are presented. Special emphasis on the interrelatedness of disorders of spoken (listening and speaking) and written (reading and writing) language development and disorders. 
      Seminar & ST or Practium    
         LD 6930    Learning Disabilities Seminar 1 s.h.  Seminar to support students as they practice and integrate teaching behaviors stemming from “best practice” and empirical research. Students are given opportunities to evaluate and reflect on the effectiveness of their teaching in the classroom, a critical attribute of good educators. Current issues in education, special education and the field of learning disabilities are discussed in the traditional seminar format. Student critiques of associated research lay the foundation for class discussions. To be taken with LD 6500 or LD 6700-6720. 
         Choice 6500 or 6700&6720    
            LD 6500    Student Teaching: Learning Disabilities 5 s.h.  Required when LD is the initial special education endorsement. Student teachers apply theory to practice with a focus on instructional planning and implementation, formal and informal assessments, behavioral assessments and supports, and collaborative partnerships with parents and allied service providers. 300 hours of professional field experience required. Prerequisite: admission to student teaching. To be taken with the learning disabilities seminar, LD 6930. 
            LD 6700    LD K-12 Practicum I 2 s.h.  Required when the LD endorsement candidate has prior special education endorsement(s). Applying theory to practice, emphasizing academic and behavioral assessments, instructional planning and implementation, and professional competencies of special education teachers. Students complete 90 hours of practice in each of LD 6700 and LD 6720. Prerequisite: admission to student teaching. To be taken with the learning disabilities seminar, LD 6930. 
            LD 6720    LD K-12 Practicum II 2 s.h.  Required when the LD endorsement candidate has prior special education endorsement(s). Applying theory to practice, emphasizing academic and behavioral assessments, instructional planning and implementation, and professional competencies of special education teachers. Students complete 90 hours of practice in each of LD 6700 and LD 6720. Prerequisite: admission to student teaching. To be taken with the learning disabilities seminar, LD 6930. 
      Research Project    
         LD 6960    Learning Disabilities Project 2 s.h.  Students propose and complete a project demonstrating significant scholarly work in the field of learning disabilities, or related area of professional inquiry. The project is developed under the guidance of a member of the faculty and is necessary for completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching. Prerequisite: completion of LD specialty; taken in last year of program. 
   ZS Required Prerequisites    
      EDU 3300   The Exceptional Learner in the Classroom 3 s.h.  Development of a working knowledge of the historical perspective of present special education programs, the effects of litigation, and the continuum of special education services. Identifying, evaluating, and differentiating instruction for students with special needs by way of a continuum of services in the least-restrictive environment. Response-to-intervention; positive behavior support; collaboration with school personnel and parents; community resources. Fifteen-clock-hour field experience required. 
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