Summer 2020 - EDUC 422 C900

Learning Disabilities (4)

Class Number: 4449

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Jun 24, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

    Aug 18, 2020
    3:01 PM – 3:01 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 250 or corequisite of EDUC 315 or 473. Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.



A study of conceptual and historic foundations of learning disabilities and an introduction to the methodologies of diagnosis and of learning disabilities.


A study of conceptual and historic foundations of learning disabilities and an introduction to the methodologies of diagnosis and intervention of children with learning disabilities. The course covers many topics including the identification and diagnosis of learning disabilities related to reading, writing, mathematics and language; the impact of learning disabilities on individuals, schools, communities, and society as a whole; and the pedagogical perspectives for instructional intervention of children with learning disabilities, including Universal Design and Direct Instruction.


By the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. Explore their own and others views of the conceptions of learning disabilities
2. Review and evaluate research findings on the cognitive and perceptual origins of learning disabilities related to reading, writing, mathematics and language.
3. Evaluate the impact of the social determinants of health on learning disabilities.
4. Identify current issues relevant to educational practice and research in the field of learning disabilities.


  • Assignments 55%
  • Mid-term Exam 15%
  • Final Exam 20%
  • Discussions 10%


Students must have a successful SFU Criminal Records Check in order to enroll.



Handbook of Learning Disabilities (2nd Ed. 2014), Swanson et al.
ISBN: 9781462518685

Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:

All CODE Courses are delivered through Canvas and internet access is required.

Required Readings listed on the course outlines are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase at the SFU Bookstore on the Burnaby campus or online through the Bookstore's website.

All courses have an Additional Course Fee of $40

Exams are scheduled to be written on the SFU Burnaby campus at the noted time and date (unless noted as a take-home exam). 
If your course has a take-home exam, please refer to Canvas for further details. 

Students are responsible for following all Exam Policies and Procedures (e.g., missing an exam due to illness).

This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in your online delivery method, such as Canvas.

*Important Note for U.S. citizens: As per the U.S. Department of Education, programs offered in whole or in part through telecommunications, otherwise known as distance education or correspondence are ineligible for Federal Direct Loans. This also includes scenarios where students who take distance education courses outside of their loan period and pay for them with their own funding, and attempt to apply for future Federal Direct Loans. 

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Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.


Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.