Summer 2021 - EDUC 424 E100

Learning Disabilities: Laboratory (4)

Class Number: 2385

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite or corequisite: EDUC 422. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.



Supervised experience in analysis and evaluation of treatment strategies to be used with classroom students having learning disabilities.


Our collective response to combating the COVID-19 virus has mandated changes in the ways we live, work, and learn. While these changes certainly represent challenges related to the nature and structure of E.D.U.C. 424, online course facilitation at both the university and K-12 levels is not new. This summer’s EDUC 424 represents the second fully online version, however it is fair to state that exploring remote assessment, lesson facilitation and behavioural support for children in a fully virtual environment remains challenging. As we embark on this journey together, we are all educational pioneers. As such, all suggestions and criticisms are welcome. I may not always have an easy answer, as pioneering innately involves going into the unknown, but I promise I will always strive to find answers with you. View yourselves as co-constructing something new (because you are). We learned a great deal last summer, but our ultimate success in 2021 will reside in our combined flexibility and our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, no matter what challenges our context may pose.


Education 424 provides SFU students with an opportunity to provide individualized assessment and instruction to children with learning difficulties in the context of reading. Within this summer laboratory course, SFU students will:

  1. Given instruction in assessment basics and using the Cockrum and Shanker reading inventory, students will conduct an assessment of a real child’s reading skills with 100% accuracy.
  2. Students will appropriately and accurately evaluate assessment results using data.
  3. Students will formulate appropriate instructional goals using an ABCD format based on assessment results with 100% applicability and goal writing accuracy.
  4. In response to a reading assessment, students will facilitate intervention skill activities for one hour/day – 5 days/week during the tutorial sessions in the second half of the course (July 5 – 23, 2020). This facilitation will take place online and will be supported by the child’s parent or guardian during the sessions.
  5. Given samples, students will write a professional, APA style evaluation and intervention report concerning the evaluation and intervention in reading provided to a child assigned.
  6. Students will communicate assessment and intervention results visually and orally to parents in an online video conference with their tutee's parents/guardians following the tutoring phase of the course.
  7. Given samples, students will write an APA style conference report.



Grading Breakdown:

I) Participation: 50 marks
II) Assessment knowledge and skills demonstration project: 200 marks
III) Develop and Practice Assignment 1 and 2: 100 marks total (50 marks per part)
IV) Real Life Assessment & Tutoring Final Report: 150 marks


There is no final exam for this course.



Cockrum, W.A. & Shanker, J.L. (2013). Locating and Correcting Reading Difficulties (Tenth edition). Boston, USA, Pearson.
ISBN: 9780132929103

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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

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).