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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.

Master’s Track

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.

Endorsement Track

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.

Highlights include:

  • 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.