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Fundamental Principles of Learning Disabilities (Recognition of Achievement)

Recognition of Achievement

Recognition of Achievement

Program Description

The Fundamental Principles of Learning Disabilities Recognition of Achievement program provides students the foundation necessary to work with individuals with learning disabilities. Topics range from Ontario’s legal requirements of educators, the development of learning plans and how mental health impacts learning.

Individuals currently working in education will develop greater expertise in the multi-faceted area of learning disabilities, enhancing their career options in elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions.
Students who complete this new Recognition of Achievement (ROA) program in addition to the new Applied Learning Disability Strategies for Educators ROA program may obtain the Strategies and Assistive Technologies for Learning Disabilities Durham College Certificate. The first ROA, Fundamental Principles of Learning Disabilities, will provide students with a theoretical understanding of learning disabilities, concurrent disorders, and the legal obligations of educators. In the second ROA, Applied Learning Disability Strategies for Educators, the student will apply appropriate strategies and assistive technologies to a range of learner needs.

Due to the advanced nature of the courses in this program, students with previous (or current) experience working in an educational setting will have greater success in the program.

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 12 Math (C, M or U)
    Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading
    Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older) with Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 12 Math (C, M or U)

  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Examine the impact of learning disabilities on learners and the effectiveness of various learning strategies to mitigate this impact on their education.
  • Identify common and uncommon learning disabilities, as well as concurrent disorders such as mental health issues that may impact the learning process.
  • Apply reflective practice in a manner that shows respect for diversity, equity and inclusion within the learner population.

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Employment opportunities are available in elementary, secondary and post-secondary academic settings to support students with learning disabilities.

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
EDUC 1387Intro to Learning DisabilitiesOnline
MECA 2582Mental Health AccommodationsOnline