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K-12 Professionals

Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher

EDUC 600




Instructor: Dr. Bob Pillay

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $285

Class Offered Through Virtual Education Software, inc.

Course Description:

This course describes diverse theoretical approaches to handling learning disabilities in the classroom. Taught by Dr. Bob Pillay, this course lays the foundation for sensitive, appropriate assessment and evaluation of students. In addition, this course covers program planning and implementation, stresses the importance of a close, positive partnership with parents or alternative caregivers, and explores methods for ensuring that the home-school axis is effective and meaningful. You will also learn about major trends and unresolved issues in the field of learning disabilities.

The course is organized around four chapters that highlight new, sometimes controversial, but always relevant views or practices to this most dynamic of educational fields. Each chapter will include a list of objectives. The objectives will help you focus your readings and discussions as well as clarify tasks that you should undertake to marry theory and practice.

This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.  Technical support information can be found, in the Help section of your course.


1.  To answer written examination questions on the major causes of learning disabilities (LD).                                       

2.  To answer written examination questions on the main factors that impact social understanding of learning disabilities.

3.  To answer written examination questions on the models and types of assessments used to evaluate students for a possible learning disability.        

4.  To answer written examination questions on the primary sources from which curriculum is derived for LD students.

5.  To answer written examination questions on the required process of a complete Individualized Educational Program.   

6.  To answer written examination questions on strategies for instructional planning and programming.

7.  To answer written examination questions on the major professional and parent pitfalls that impact the working relationship between parents and teacher.


Title: Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher

Author: Dr. A.N. (Bob) Pillay

About The Instructor

Dr. Bob Pillay
Dr. Bob Pillay is a doctoral-level instructor who has been teaching in the field of Special Education for the past 30 years. Dr. Pillay has received numerous national and international awards for his research in the field. He has headed boards and committees in more than five countries to develop and strengthen special services for Australia, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Pillay has extensive knowledge of special education issues in the USA due to his doctoral studies at the University of Louisville. He is currently a Senior Fellow in Special Education at the University of Melbourne.

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