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Working with Students with Learning Differences

An elective course in the Independent Educational Consultant Certificate Program.

Course closed to new registrations: Call ( 949 ) 824-5414 for more information or sign up below to be notified when this course becomes available.×

Course Description

This course examines the various methods used in counseling college-bound students with learning differences and explores the unique characteristics of this student population. Topics include: specific learning disabilities; gifted students with LD; fostering independence; college planning; assessing college learning support services and programs. Supplemental resources include information on interpreting a neuropsychological report.

We highly recommend students complete EDUC_X406 Principles of Independent Educational Consulting prior to enrolling in this course. Students should come to this course with some basic understanding of the college application landscape. This course is geared for individuals with little formal experience in the field of learning differences. See enrollment confirmation for login information. Due to high demand, early enrollment recommended.

NOTE: This course may have optional, live sessions via Zoom. The sessions will be recorded and posted for students who are not able to attend. The Zoom meeting link and password to join will be provided in the course. A device with audio and visual will be needed to participate. The following student guide provides additional resources/information on how to use and access the course’s Zoom sessions.

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  • Details
  • $745
  • April 10, 2023 to May 21, 2023
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00223
  • ID/Units: EDUC X406.51  (1.50)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: Spring 2023


Deborah Barany, Ph.D., will tell you that the hidden pathway to becoming a stronger learner is math. In fact, Dr. Barany, or Debby as her students know her, sees the successful math student as a helpful example to the struggling learner--because in order to grasp mathematics fully, one must practice the unarticulated skills of learning, unleash creativity, and apply grit. Debby’s story as an educator began with mathematics, and she ultimately gained her Master's Degree in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. But it was her fascination with the science of learning that led her to the Stanford Graduate School of Education, where she completed her doctorate in Adolescent Cognitive Development.

Marci Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D., is the founder of Thrive College Counseling where she works with students with learning differences or other challenges in the college application process. She has worked with students with learning differences and developmental challenges as a therapist since 1989. She has transitioned her focus to college admissions to support students with learning differences in finding the right college environment to meet their needs.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

No textbooks are required for this course.

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
END05/21/2022Saturday------Online (Access Ends)---
START04/10/2023Monday------Online (Access Begins)---