The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Education

Diploma in Learning Disabilities and Giftedness

The purpose of this diploma is to offer professional teaching credentials, which provide prospective students with the knowledge and expertise to educate and support pupils with learning disability or giftedness. This program covers the whole spectrum of special education (from giftedness to learning disabilities).

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates who complete the Diploma will be able to:

  1. Use knowledge from theory and research to implement evidence-based interventions
  2. Demonstrate skills needed for differentiated instruction based on pupils’ needs
  3. Promote collaboration and advocacy designed to improve the quality of life of exceptional learners

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will be able to:

  1. Actively implement effective evidence-based instructional strategies 
  2. Apply scientifically-based methodology to improve interventions for students with learning disabilities or giftedness
  3. Advocate for and safeguard the human and civil rights of individuals with exceptionalities and their families 
  4. Identify and apply effective instructional practices for the education of gifted students 
  5. Evaluate progress of pupils using valid tools towards Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals
  6. Adapt instructional materials and evaluation tools to multilingual context 

Program Requirements

A student completing this program must take 21 credits.

Suggested courses:

Number Course Cr
EDU560 Teaching LD Students in the Classroom 3
EDU561 Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties 3
EDU562 Introduction to Gifted Education 3
EDU563 Methods and Materials for Gifted Education   3
EDU564 Psychoeducational Assessment 3
EDU600 Seminar in Teaching and Learning* 3
EDU565 Practicum 3

*Required by all students completing a teaching diploma.

Course Descriptions
EDU560 Teaching LD Students in the Classroom: [3-0, 3 cr.] This course investigates the foundations of effective teaching for students with learning difficulties, proposes learning-teaching approaches and materials that are effective in educating learning-disabled and mild mentally retarded students in the areas of reading, spelling, and math. (Senior Standing)
EDU 561 Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties: [3-0, 3 cr.] This course focuses on reading difficulties, the main challenge that LD students face, and sheds particular light on the most common of reading disorders: dyslexia. Students will be required to work closely with dyslexic children as part of course objectives to gain more practical knowledge about dyslexia. (Senior Standing)
EDU 562 Introduction to Gifted Education: [3-0, 3 cr.] This course explores the theories of giftedness and gifted education including their emotional, social, cognitive and academic needs. Finally, the course focuses on means of assessing giftedness and the challenges that the Arab World faces in this arena. (Senior Standing)
EDU 563 Methods and Materials for Gifted Education: [3-0, 3 cr.] This is in-depth exploration of the various programs, strategies, approaches, and methods of teaching and supporting school age gifted students. (Senior Standing)
EDU 564 Psychoeducational Assessment: [3-0, 3 cr.] This course examines the assessment procedures, techniques, and instruments, used in screening and evaluating the achievement of students with learning disorders. It combines lectures and hands-on sessions, and acquaints students with various formal and informal assessment materials. Ethical issues in testing are equally addressed. (Senior Standing)
EDU600 Seminar in Teaching and Learning: [3-0, 3 cr.]This course introduces students to big ideas in teaching and learning through seminal and classic texts.  Emphasis is given to cognitive and social constructivist theories of teaching and learning. The course is run as a seminar where reading, discussion and written reflection on the writings of prominent theorists are the adopted modes of learning. (Senior Standing)
EDU 565 Practicum: [1-2, 3 cr.] This course provides opportunities for actual teaching and material development, for either gifted or learning disabled learners. (Senior Standing) Prerequisites: EDU 560, EDU561, EDU 562, EDU 563, EDU 564.

Special Academic Requirements:


*Applicants graduating from an institution of higher education recognized by LAU, where English is not the language of instruction, are required to pass the EEE or the TOEFL.

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