Learning Disability Specialist - 485

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
One year or less
Gain specialized skills to support individuals of all ages with learning disabilities.

Program Highlights

The Learning Disabilities Specialist graduate certificate program provides students with a thorough understanding of:

  • The impact of learning disabilities
  • Co-existing conditions such an as neurodiversity, mental illness, non-verbal disabilities, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Utilizing assistive and adaptive technology 
  • Privacy and security issues specific to health data

Program Length and Delivery

  • 2 semesters (40 weeks) with classes offered in the evenings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday using a blended delivery of in-class and online.

Online Information Session

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What you will learn:

  • Build and apply strategies based on assessments
  • Advocate for inclusion and diversity for people with disabilities
  • Design and implement workshops and training sessions
  • Incorporating assistive technology into learning strategies 

Students enrolled in the program will become knowledgeable in the following areas:

  • Psycho-educational assessments
  • Implementing strategies when working with students with learning disabilities
  • Inclusion and diversity training
  • Research, develop and deliver assistive technology solutions 
  • Understanding of learning disabilities in education settings and the wider community
  • Collaborate with educational and community organizations on delivery strategies

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Program delivery

Learn more about virtual and remote learning and how programs will be delivered.



Required courses:

  • An equivalent Ontario College Diploma or university degree
  • Other equivalent post-secondary experience or qualifications will be considered by Mohawk
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a diploma, degree or work experience in Community Services, Social Sciences or Education.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Options are available for mature applicants.

Tuition and Fees

2021 - 2022 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory Ancillary Fees

$704.51 $698.20
Co-op Fees N/A N/A

Compulsory Program Fees

$0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $2,879.00 $2,879.00
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $3,583.51 $3,577.20
Total 1st Year Fees $$7,160.71

Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2

Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees

$8,376.00 $8,432.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A

Program Compulsory Fees

$0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,826.00 $8,807.00
Total 1st Year Fees $17,633.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

How You'll Gain Skills

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Career Opportunities

Future Career Options:

  • Special education
  • Community service workers


Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.


Pathways within Mohawk

This program is a pathway for most community service programs looking to specialize in learning disabilities including Educational Support, ECE, CYC and SSW. 


Pathways beyond Mohawk

See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

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    Brazil: 0800-022-7408
    Philippines: 180011102544

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    *Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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