NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

Aiding Students with Learning Disabilities

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $145

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

This course, founded on a systems approach, offers teachers access and understanding of key
components of the Multi-Memory system, Self-System, Metacognitive system, and Cognitive
system to develop declarative and procedural knowledge. Innovative instructional strategies
include advanced use of graphic organizers and methods for exploring/attacking problems that
students can integrate into their daily classroom and homework experience. The concept of
“automaticity” is explored or tapping into prior knowledge which uses the classroom as a well
rather than a dry purveyor of facts and figures.

The course, presented by leaders in the field of brain-based education, addresses individuals with
diverse learning needs. The special needs of students with reading disorders, emotional and
behavioral disorders, attention disorders, and autism are addressed.

The particular emphasis of this course is to develop an understanding of the impact of
neurobiological differences that present themselves in a regular classroom. The course is based
on an assumption that students can gain knowledge and the skills necessary to perform in today’s
world through access to a learning menu of teaching strategies and systems to promote learning
in all areas of instruction. Finally, this course is a distillation of “best practices” currently
available for a truly inclusive, brain-based learning environment.


  • Knowledge –at the end of this course, the student will be able to understand
    • how the cognitive system of the brain affects student learning,
    • learning disabilities are varied; there is no accepted definition,
    • the difference between declarative and procedural knowledge, and
    • how behavioral problems affect learning.
  • Skills –after this course, a student will be able to develop
    • strategies to deal with students with emotional disorders and autism,
    • effective strategies for helping students construct their knowledge,
    • a priori knowledge and strategies for creating patterns in the brain, and
    • ideas that can help students complete tasks at high complexity levels.
  • Dispositions – after this course, a student will appreciate
    • the effect of the emotions on the brain,
    • what it means for students to achieve automaticity, and
    • windows of opportunity and when they open and close.


Study guide provided in the program.

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $199.00.

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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