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Why Study Learning Disabilities at Madonna University?

  • You will enhance your employment opportunities by distinguishing your credentials
  • You will experience low student-to-teacher ratio courses for personal instruction
  • You may opt for the LD endorsement alone or incorporate it into a master’s degree
  • You will develop professional alliances with fellow students and instructors
  • You will participate in a rigorous program with an excellent reputation
  • The coursework will help you to meet revised state certification requirements

The program prepares certified teachers to understand the field of LD as it relates to general education issues and practices as well as other exceptionalities in special education from inception to current practice. You will learn to effectively administer, interpret, and report formal and informal assessments to accurately identify disabilities. You also will learn to develop and employ evidence-based instructional strategies to address individual needs in all school learning environments.

Course work and field experiences emphasize consultation and collaboration with parents and allied service providers in light of inclusion and transition planning. Teachers who successfully complete the program are well prepared for the state proficiency test in the area of learning disabilities, and are eligible for K-12 endorsement in LD.

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Patti SilveriPatti Silveri,

Why did you choose Madonna University?
For my Learning Disabilities master’s program, I choose Madonna because of its excellent reputation. I visited three Universities and found Madonna to be the best fit for me. Everyone that I interacted with was helpful in answering my questions and guiding me through the process of understanding my options and the enrollment process. Once I decided on my area of study, Dr. Robinson encouraged me to come in and meet one-on-one with her to develop a plan for my course of study for my Master’s program in Learning Disabilities. Dr. Robinson was very helpful, and her enthusiasm for Madonna and the graduate program made me decide Madonna was the right place for me.
Attending Madonna was such a positive experience from the planning and enrollment process to the high caliber of teaching. I learned current best practices of teaching, which prepared me to meet the needs of all of my students. The interaction with my professors and classmates challenged me to think and consider new perspectives that made me a better teacher. When I decided to return to school to seek an Educational Leadership master’s degree, I knew that Madonna was where I wanted to study.

What do you think makes the experience and education at Madonna special?
The professors and staff at Madonna care about you and your learning experience! The professors challenged me with expectations and provided me the support necessary to reach their expectations. My experience as a student also prepared me to be an adjunct professor, to challenge my students and provide them the support and opportunities they need to be successful.
I have taken master’s courses in two separate programs within the Education Department, which afforded me the opportunity to work with many different people. In both experiences, I found each person to be caring. When needed the faculty and staff went above and beyond to assist me with whatever I needed. The caliber of people and their interest in making my learning experience positive and well-rounded was second to none. I always felt that I had a great support system.

What have you been doing since graduation, career wise? (graduate school, employer?)
I used my Learning Disabilities master’s to move into a Teacher Consultant position in my former District. Since I began my Education Leadership master’s, I have held administrative positions both at the building and district level. Since July 2015, I am a Special Education Consultant at Wayne RESA. Being a Special Education Consultant at Wayne RESA has been a goal of mine for many years, and I reached that goal in July 2015.
My studies at Madonna were invaluable in preparing me for those positions and in helping me secure those jobs. In the winter of 2012, I became an adjunct professor at Madonna University in the Special Education Graduate Program. As I began my teaching career at Madonna, I found the Madonna staff to be supportive and willing to go above and beyond to assist me, and the staff feels very much like a family to me.
I have been heard to say, “I love Madonna and my heart is at Madonna”. Madonna’s kind, calm and supportive environment and staff makes me feel at home. Additionally, in the winter of 2014, I was asked to become a Leo Lecturer in the Special Education Teaching Department at University of Michigan – Dearborn. In that capacity, I have supervised undergraduate and graduate student teachers and taught undergraduate and graduate courses.

How has your Madonna degree played a role in your current position?
My career as a special education consultant at Wayne RESA, my adjunct professor position at Madonna and my Leo Lecturer position at U of M – Dearborn are all a result of my degree from and my current studies at Madonna. In addition, my experiences at Madonna have had a huge impact on me. Not only have I learned current and best practices though my graduate studies at Madonna, I’ve learned much more. As a teacher and learner at Madonna University, I have first-hand experience that the school’s mission of instilling Christian humanistic values, intellectual inquiry, respect for diversity, and a commitment to service is truly its core, and is far more than just words.

What has been your most rewarding professional or personal experience since graduating?
Becoming an adjunct professor at Madonna University has been the most rewarding. I thoroughly enjoy teaching graduate level students. It is very rewarding to work with teachers and assist them in progressing in their knowledge base and careers. I truly grow from the experiences and encounters that I have with the students. I find teaching at Madonna to be educational and energizing. This is a direct result of the high caliber of student at Madonna.

Casey Kopy

Casey Kopy,
Why did you choose Madonna University?
I chose Madonna University for its outstanding education program, personable staff and convenient location to commute.

What do you think makes the experience and education at Madonna special?
Madonna’s rigorous programming and caring staff make it stand apart from other universities.

What have you been doing since graduation, career wise? (graduate school, employer?)
I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Madonna. I have taught 8 years at Keystone Academy in Belleville, MI and am in my second year at Jefferson Elementary in the South Redford School District.

How has your Madonna degree played a role in your current position?
Madonna’s course content and real-world classroom experience has helped me prepare for my part and current classroom roles.

What has been your most rewarding professional or personal experience since graduating?
My most rewarding personal experience since graduation is the birth of our daughter Lucy on May 10th. My most rewarding professional experience has been being selected for South Redford’s first Next Generation Classroom Project for the next two years.

Cappi MarshallCappi Marshall,
Why did you choose Madonna University?
I chose Madonna University because of the intentional efforts put forth by Dr. Jill Robinson in helping me through admission process, as I had just moved to the area the third week of August. Additionally, the location was a consideration, as the campus was in between my place of employment and my home.

What do you think makes the experience and education at Madonna special?
The students enrolled in my program were a community of educators who supported each other from start to finish. For the most part, the faculty at Madonna made my experience a positive journey.

What have you been doing since graduation, career wise? (graduate school, employer?)
Since graduating with a Master's in Learning Disabilities, I have continued to work in Garden City Public Schools, in both general and special education classrooms, at the elementary and secondary levels.

How has your Madonna degree played a role in your current position?
My Madonna degree gave me the flexibility to be placed in various classrooms in serving students with special education needs.

What has been your most rewarding professional or personal experience since graduating?
My most rewarding personal experience since graduating was raising my four daughters. They are all grown, have experienced the value of education in their own lives, and each give back to others in their own communities and work environments. Additionally, the most rewarding experience I have had since my girls are grown is my current position as Treasurer on the Board of Saving Baby Equine Charity. I also serve as the Equine Welfare Chair, providing hands on support at the founder, Jo Anne Normile's farm, in Plymouth, Michigan.