Introduction to Special Education
Applications of Tests and Scales in Learning and Developmental Disabilities
LRD LD 531
Developmental Learning Disabilities
LRD LD 533
Academic Learning Disabilities
GS ES 520
Introduction of Educational Statistics
GS ES 501
Total credits for 1st semester
LRD LD 526
Diagnosis and Assessment of Learning Disabilities
LRD LD 534
Remedial Approaches for Learning Disabilities
LRD LD 527
Special Teaching Methods for Learning Disabled
LRD LD 538
Contemporary Issues in Learning Disabilities
LRD LD 521
Total credits for 2nd semester
Total Credits for Diploma
Shared Courses (learning disabilities, intellectual disability, autism)
LRD 522 Introduction to Special Education 2 Cr. hours
The objective of this course is to provide students with basic knowledge and information related to concepts in special education with special focus on different approaches in understanding, clarifying human behavior, identification, content, strategies, and application of special education, in addition to issues commonly encountered when addressing the needs of diverse students with disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on several issues, for example types of disabilities such as intellectual disability, autism and hearing impairment, as well as the causes and prevention. Furthermore, beliefs and attitudes such as the traditional beliefs, advocacy and support services will be explained and discussed. Students will learn how to form their own views and attitudes towards individuals with disabilities.
LRD 525 Applications of Tests and Scales in Learning and Developmental Disabilities 2 Cr. hours
The objective of this course is to provide students with general knowledge and important skills related to measuring psycho-educational aspects of learning and developmental disabilities. Students will become familiar with test structure and development and their application with intellectually disabled, autistic persons, and learning disabilities persons. The course will also provide students with important skills needed for proper use of educational and psychological tests including introduction to tests, measurement and their types, preparation and design of tests, general principles of measurement, reliability, validity, norms, test application in different aspects, cognitive, performance, as well as social and personality tests. This course will also focus on issues and problems related to the evaluation process of individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism disorders, and learning disabilities persons.
GS ES 520 Introduction of Educational Statistics 2 Cr. hours
This course introduces students to types of variables that are common in education and psychology such as quantitative, qualitative, continuous, discrete, nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio. In addition, the course focuses on methods of describing data using frequency tables, graphs, central tendency, variability, and kurtosis indices.
GS ES 501 English 0 Cr. hours
This mandatory general English course aims to promote students’ skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking by focusing on comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and deriving word meaning from context. This course also teaches students the different writing stages while promoting critical thinking skills and expressing opinions, as well as building communication skills.
In addition, students are taught how to use the English language for other academic purposes including research writing, using charts, graphs and other diagrams to figure out general ideas from texts. Students are also trained to use presentation skills and are given the opportunity to deliver their own full presentations in English during the course of study.
GS 500 Islamic Culture 0 Cr. hours
This course is intended to acquaint students with issues pertaining to Islamic culture and civilization, the challenges of modernity, the requirements of development in the Islamic world and the main currents of modern Islamic thought. The analytical approach of the course enables students to think independently and participate in objective dialogue, with equal emphasis on connecting Islamic principles with issues of our modern age, and to enhance interactions between the requirements of Islamic culture and those of modernity in shaping the minds of modern Muslim students.
LRD ID 521 Practicum 2 Cr. hours
This course provides students with opportunities to implement what they have learned in their courses offered during the academic year in all three programmes. They spend sufficient time in specialized centers and schools to get hands on experience with the students struggling with learning and developmental disabilities. They are expected to be able to implement what they have learned in Teaching Strategies Course for all programmes, such as designing Individualised Educational Plan (IEP) and use teaching methods which best fit the students. In addition, learners have to produce and implement awareness programs to children, teachers and parents.
LRD 540 Diploma Project 2 Cr. hours
The course aims to equip students with the theoretical and applied skills necessary for writing a diploma project particularly within the context of learning and developmental disabilities. Through this course, students will acquire a set of tools that will help them learn to design a research project (thesis or educational bag). Additionally, students in this course will be able to identify and define a problem, formulate a research question, use adequate sources and pertinent specialist literature to conceptualize the problem within the contemporary academic decision, understand the role of a literature review in learning and developmental disabilities research, develop an effective method to solve the problem, apply the method, summarize the result in a concise and organized manner by describing the relation of the results to the problem initially identified. Therefore, students at the end of this course will be able to produce a written thesis or a diploma project with a scientific quality.
Learning Disabilities Courses
LRD LD 531 Developmental Learning Disabilities 3 Cr. hours
The course familiarizes students with a methods of selecting a research topic and the necessary elements and resources of the research plan. In this course students will be trained on the scientific standards of criticizing other research studies and theses related to Learning and Developmental Disabilities. Also, students will be trained on summarizing and presenting Arabic and English research studies and theses. This course highlights some of the research problems that need further research as well as the importance of ethics in research. By the end of this course, students will have a suggested plan proposal for their master thesis.
LRD LD 533 Academic Learning Disabilities 3 Cr. hours
The focus in this course is on Academic Learning Disabilities and their relationship with Developmental Learning Disabilities in general. Specifically, this course focuses on the reasons of academic learning disabilities including all types of reading learning disabilities, writing learning disabilities, and Math learning disabilities with reference to the characteristics of the children with a specific disability from these disabilities as well as some applications and practices in the field.
LRD LD 526 Diagnosis and Assessment of Learning Disabilities 3 Cr. hours
The course aims to provide students with the scientific basics for the diagnosis and evaluation of learning disabilities. The course focuses on the diagnosis and evaluation of difficulties of attention, perception, and memory. The course also addresses procedures for the diagnosis and evaluation of learning disabilities using various diagnostic models: behavioral, and developmental, medical, neurological, and cognitive, both in reading, writing, spelling, written expression, or mathematics.
LRD LD 534 Remedial Approaches for Learning Disabilities 2 Cr. hours
This course aims to introduce students to various remedial approaches for learning disabilities, self - neurological, cognitive and medical approaches. Students will be trained on some of the applications of these approaches in practice and in the field.
LRD LD 527 Special Teaching Methods for Learning Disabled 2 Cr. hours
The goal of this course is to introduce students to different strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities; it will focus on implementing different cognitive strategies related to attention, perception, and memory. The course will provide training to utilize these strategies in the following academic areas: reading, writing, spelling, written expression and mathematics.
LRD LD 538 Contemporary Issues in Learning Disabilities 3 Cr. hours
The goal of this course is to provide students with the theoretical foundations and to engage contemporary issues in the field of learning disabilities. For example, the course will include issues of identification and diagnosis, test spacing, response to intervention, non-verbal learning disabilities, assistive technology for students with learning disabilities, and learning disabilities and overlapping disorders.