Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C)
The Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C) master’s and endorsement programs prepare teachers to specialize in assessing students with special needs and serve as learning consultants on child study teams.
A main focus of the program is collaboration with teachers, support personnel, administrators, and families. The program is unique because it allows a full-time teacher to maintain their current position as an educator while pursuing this area of study in educational services. While our program is not fully online, courses are delivered through a combination of online, hybrid and weekly on campus sessions.
Field experiences tailored to meet your professional goals are provided in K-12 settings under the supervision of a certified LDT-C mentor.
Upon completion, you must provide documentation evidencing completion of three years of successful teaching experience under a Standard NJ or out-of-state instructional certificate to be eligible for the endorsement. Of note, the LDT-C program is aligned to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) national standards and CEC Advanced Specialty Set: Educational Diagnostician Specialist standards.
The master’s track is designed for licensed teachers who have a depth of teaching experiences and who;
- Wish to be involved with Child Study Teams as they interact with students with disabilities.
- Develop and understanding of federal (IDEA) and state (NJEA 6a:14) special education law and parental rights in education.
- Foster understanding of evidence-based practices related to learning disabilities, classroom-based instruction, and progress monitoring.
- Develop knowledge about Multi-Tiered Systems of Support/NJTSS and Response to Intervention (RTI) practices.
- Develop skills applicable to supporting teachers’ classroom-based instructions through knowledge of evidence-based practices for academic progress.
- Enhance knowledge of developing SMART goals/objectives as part of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) development.
- Learn how to effectively and thoroughly assess a students’ strengths and weaknesses, interpret assessment results, and make appropriate recommendations related to programming, evidence-based interventions, and accommodations/modifications based on your findings.
- Develop a diverse repertoire of assessment tools to effectively evaluate students for special education and related services.
- Collaborate with students, teachers, families, administrators, and other support personnel to develop IEPs.
The in-depth post-master’s endorsement allows you to serve as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant on child study teams and leads to NJ LDT-C certification.
- Collaborative program with a focus on leadership, clinical application, research, and evidence-based practice.
Gain real-world insight through clinical experience and learning opportunities provided by Monmouth’s network of more than 30 area school districts.