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Ontario College Graduate Certificate | 2 semesters | Online

This graduate certificate program is designed to examine and apply new knowledge in the field of education for support professionals interested in working with students with learning disabilities. This unique program provides a combined concentration in learning strategies and assistive technology and engages students by creating opportunities to apply and assess learning techniques.

This program will also explore the scope of learning disabilities and the impact on students living with learning disabilities, non-verbal learning disabilities, and co-existing conditions; including mental health conditions and other disorders. The context of study also includes research and reflection on legal and professional standards pertaining to support professionals in academic settings.

Students will learn and apply valuable skills in communication strategies for the purpose of gathering and retaining documentation of private information, and will explore strategies for building interpersonal relationships with those they are supporting. 

Current and prospective educators, educational assistants, and academic support services providers, at all educational levels, will benefit from the activities, professional discussions, and special resources offered in the Applied Learning Disabilities Studies program.

Whether you are a new graduate or currently working in educational support, this program will diversify your professional portfolio and your employment options!

Program Highlights

  • 2 semesters or up to 20 months;
  • Full-time and Part-time options;
  • Unique to Cambrian College: Learning Disability Studies plus Combined Concentration in Learning Strategies and Assistive Technology;
  • Application of theory, assessments, and support techniques and access to valuable resources and professionals in the field;
  • Explore Interpersonal Communication and Mental Health Issues; 
  • Diversified employment opportunities in an academic environment.

Part-time Pathway

Students may choose to complete this program in five semesters while studying part-time.  For more information on the part-time pathway see Program Delivery tab.  

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Admission Requirement

Applicants must be graduates of a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree program from an Ontario College or equivalent.


Applicant must possess five years of work experience in a related field (or combination of education and work experience) as judged by the College to be equivalent. Applicants must submit a resume detailing their related experience and a cover letter outlining their competencies and preparedness for the program.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2022

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2022

Part-Time Delivery

Applicants wishing to study part-time will apply to LDPT at OCAS.  Timelines for completion will extend beyond those indicated above.

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2021-22 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
LDS 1201 Introduction to Learning Disabilities 4
AST 2050 Introduction to Assistive Technology 4
LST 1001 Introduction to Learning Strategies 4
PSY 1003 Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health & Addictions 3
COM 1003 Interpersonal Communication 3
Semester 2
AST 2060 Integrating Assistive Technology and Learning Strategies 4
LDS 1610 Learning Disabilities and Other Disorders 4
LDS 1005 Mental Health Accommodations 4
COM 1004 Comm. for Client Care 3
LDS 2000 Capstone - Applied Practice 4
 Total Credits37

Part-time students will be provided with a pathway to complete this program on a part-time basis.


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies is approximately $100. These fees are currently under review but is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this graduate certificate program will be positioned to pursue careers as:

  • Learning Strategist
  • Assistive Technologist
  • Accessibility Advisor
  • Academic Mentor
  • Tutor for students with Learning Disabilities

Graduates of this program will have and enhanced capacity for work in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary academics, training, and support services. Graduates from developmental services and educational support, child and youth care, and early childhood education fields will increase their ability to support students with learning disabilities in school settings.

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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