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LD Certification Has New One-Year Option
By Justine Benzen
UW-RF News Bureau
MAY 13, 2005--To meet the increasing demand for teachers with learning
disabilities certification, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has
condensed its Learning Disabilities Teacher Certification program so students
can complete the requirements in just one calendar year.
This program prepares certified teachers for certification in learning
disabilities. Participants learn to teach students with learning disabilities
through direct instruction or resource programs. They also learn to collaborate
with general education teachers having individuals with learning disabilities
in their classrooms to be more effective teachers of persons experiencing
The program is geared toward individuals committed to working with children
who have learning disabilities, including practicing teachers, paraprofessionals,
teacher's aides, individuals working toward teacher certification, and
individuals from other settings such as service providers and day care
centers who work with children with learning disabilities.
Students in this program administer and interpret diagnostic tests and
provide direct instruction to school-aged individuals. The core coursework
then culminates in a practicum experience under the supervision of a certified
teacher of learning disabilities.
"The program, which is originally a two-year program, has been condensed
in response to market needs," said Barbara Rebhuhn, program coordinator
and associate professor of psychology. "The program was introduced
last summer and is a fairly recent option for education professionals."
Rebhuhn has spent 10 years teaching students with learning disabilities
at the elementary and middle school level plus seven years as a director
of special education and 15 years of teaching learning disabilities educators
at the university level.
In summer semester 2005, courses such as Assessment and Diagnosis of Exceptional
Children and Interventions for Students with Learning Disabilities will
be offered. In fall semester 2005, participants enroll in Assessment and
Diagnosis of Exceptional Children-Practicum and Interventions for Students
with Learning Disabilities-Practicum. Finally, spring semester 2006, classes
include Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities Practicum/Student
For more information on cost and admission to the program, visit www.uwrf.edu/outreach,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact UW-RF outreach and graduate studies at
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