GRADUATE Course – Cognitive Skills: Understanding Learning Challenges

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“When a task is given in school,
why does one student take thirty minutes to complete it
and another only eight minutes?”

1  Graduate Credit

  • Grading: A-F
  • Materials: Included in the course fee!
  • Graduate Credit: 1  Graduate Credit
  • Instruction Mode: Self-paced, Asynchronous (Online Class)
  • Time Frame: Enroll and start any time

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Course Description:

We all know the brain plays a major role in learning, but few are aware of how. In a class where each child differs in ability to learn, it is essential that educators know how the brain is related to the process of learning, in order to help facilitate student performance. Such knowledge will also give the educator an advantage when faced with the challenge of teaching a child with special needs.

This two part integrated course equips educators with extensive knowledge about the process of learning. SECTION A, Cognitive Skills: Understanding Learning Challenges focuses on the skills involved in learning and introduces you to various techniques and strategies of identifying a child with learning difficulties and overcoming challenges. It also provides tips on how to make learning fun, challenging and different. SECTION B, Accommodating All Learners helps educators understand more about various learning styles, and how these impact the way a student learns. Gain knowledge about specific teaching approaches that can be used to reach and teach each learning style.

Self-paced Professional Development Credit classes incorporate online content, quizzes, interactivities and a Course Action Plan you can put to use in your work environment. Learning takes place asynchronously, at your convenience, and may be completed over a period of 4 weeks. Note, teachers looking for graduate credits, please check with your issuing authority about whether it will accept these online teacher courses.

Objectives & Outcomes:

As a result of successful participation in SECTION A, Cognitive Skills: Understanding Learning Challenges, students should be able to:

  • Understand the need for development of cognitive skills.
  • Describe the structure of the brain, neuroplasticity and how we learn.
  • Understand the limitations of IQ testing.
  • Test for various specific cognitive skills in students, and identify areas of deficit.
  • Apply learning theories while teaching students.
  • Identify a student’s learning style.
  • Customize teaching based on a student’s learning style.
  • Train students with deficits in specific cognitive skills.
  • Modify training of cognitive skills as a student progresses.
  • Apply reading and comprehension strategies in the classroom.
  • Understand the basics of ADHD, Dyslexia, Traumatic Brain Injury, ODD, PDD and the cognitive implications of these conditions.

As a result of successful participation in SECTION B, Accommodating All Learners, students should be able to:

  • Reflect upon changes in teaching and learning.
  • Engage in activities that illuminate and stimulate brain functions.
  • Recognize learning styles.
  • Practice using the language of teaching and learning.
  • Identify as both teacher and learner.
  • Consider and examine their own personal learning styles
  • Recognize connections between characteristics and learning tools.
  • Examine characteristics of student learners.
  • Demonstrate understanding of a systemic, practical model to accommodate all learners.
  • Recognize how their own learning style impacts their teaching style.
  • Examine teaching and learning strategies to accommodate all learners with whom they work.
  • Consider how online learning activities might accommodate the needs of student-learners.
  • Extrapolate commonalities between theories and strategies.
  • Develop a plan to put teaching and learning changes into practice.


Special Instructions:

After completing the course, you will be directed to the university for registration.


57 Reviews of “GRADUATE Course – Cognitive Skills: Understanding Learning Challenges”:
  1. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Wow! Fantastic information-- looking forward to utilizing these strategies in my classroom! Shannon H.

  2. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Great class! It was a nice refresher course! I learned the material ages ago and it was nice to review. Hope B.

  3. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    I thought the content was organized well and very informative! Bethany G.

  4. Janet N says:
    Five Stars

    This has been a great product for me to achieve my goal of license renewal.

  5. Robyn W says:
    Five Stars

    This was very informative! Some is difficult to do in a classroom of many students, but really good info especially when trying to help those kids that don't qualify for aid and fall through the cracks. This is one of the best classes I've taken on this site!

  6. Debra S says:
    Five Stars

    I enjoyed this course! It is providing positive and new ways of thinking and learning.

  7. Michael S. says:
    Five Stars

    Very informative. Great resources!

  8. Karen M. says:
    Five Stars

    This class was extremely interesting to me. The videos interspersed throughout helped to cement understanding. I would HIGHLY recommend this class. Very informative.

  9. Ashley S. says:
    Five Stars

    I loved being able to get professional development for licensure renewal from my home at my convenience. It was so nice to be able to complete when I had time to do so. I love how I will have access to the course I took in order to get resources as I need them.

  10. Julie S. says:
    Five Stars

    Great course. Very informative!

  11. Lisa G. says:
    Five Stars

    Very helpful course! Thank you!

  12. Nancy D. says:
    Five Stars

    I found this course very interesting. Much of the content was new to me and just made sense!

  13. Tressa M. says:
    Five Stars

    This course was very good. I will be using what I learn when the new term begins...I'm already making plans!

  14. Monika S. says:
    Five Stars

    This was an excellent course and was very engaging! I feel excited about using new strategies with my students who have cognitive skills deficits and helping them build these skills.

  15. Amal D. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you! I appreciate that this is available to educators! Well-done!

  16. Axel O. says:
    Five Stars

    Everything was smooth.

  17. Patricia G. says:
    Five Stars

    Great class and lots of excellent information that will be very useful.

  18. Angela D. says:
    Five Stars

    Great information regarding cognitive skills training.

  19. Molly J. says:
    Five Stars

    I enjoyed the course very much. The content was perfect for school based speech therapists and I will be able to use the information with my students. Thank you.

  20. Wendy D. says:
    Five Stars

    Very informative!! Against the grain in many ways!

  21. Marvin R. says:
    Five Stars

    I enjoyed it!

  22. Lynn A. says:
    Five Stars

    Appreciated the interactive tests and access to lots of helpful charts for future use lots of practical examples.

  23. Mitzi O. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you.

  24. Rosa E. says:
    Five Stars

    I really enjoyed taking this course Accommodating all Learners. I learned so many new strategies to use with my students. Thank you.

  25. MaryEllen S. says:
    Five Stars

    I really appreciate that once you pay for the course you have access to the material. Good extra resources are provided. I like that you can take the test as many times as necessary and have unlimited time!

  26. Sheila R. says:
    Five Stars

    Very user friendly, time manageable, easy to navigate.

  27. Kimberly T. says:
    Five Stars


  28. Thomas B. says:
    Five Stars

    This was an eye-opening course. I learned a lot of information that will enable me to really help my students with special needs. Thank you.

  29. Patricia F. says:
    Five Stars

    This is an excellent course. I learned new information that I will use.

  30. DzieDzom T. says:
    Five Stars

    This course is a great eye open for me. Thanks for your help. Thanks in advance, Sincerely.

  31. Rebecca P. says:
    Five Stars

    This class was informative. 

  32. Chary P. says:
    Five Stars

    These classes are very well done. I gained a better understanding of what teachers try and accomplish.

  33. Merrilee W. says:
    Five Stars

    This was the perfect course for me. I learned many new things and am excited to put what i learned to use.

  34. Luke M. says:
    Five Stars

    Good course with helpful links. I liked being able to download helpful links for future use.

  35. Pamela S. says:
    Five Stars

    More frequent checking for understanding or quizzes.

  36. Rocatta T. says:
    Five Stars

    I see I have to spend 5 hours discussing/practicing, but I'm a substitute teacher, so I don't really have colleagues to discuss with. Apart from peer discussion boards, which you don't have, I have no way to attain these five hours.

  37. Jennifer M. says:
    Five Stars

    While some of the modules were very comprehensive and through in explaining (lesson 5,6), other modules seemed to have lots of information that didn't have a clear connection to the other content and was so general that it wasn't useful (lesson 1,3). However, the interactive features and articles/links were very interesting and useful.

  38. Nancy O. says:
    Five Stars

    I enjoyed the information. I found it interesting and helpful.

  39. Kaja P. says:
    Five Stars

    Wow. This was a bear, and I'm so glad I finished this first course.

  40. Donna S says:
    Five Stars

    There was so much new information in this course.

  41. Andrew D says:
    Five Stars

    Good online course.

  42. Linda L says:
    Five Stars

    I really enjoyed this course. The material was put together in a new way for me and I learned alot.

  43. Laura P. says:
    Five Stars

    I liked the interactive feature. I thought this course was very applicative towards my line of work.

  44. Karen S. says:
    Five Stars

    I liked my 1st course.

  45. Erika K. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for providing this service so that teachers can work and learn at their own pace.

  46. Pam O. says:
    Five Stars

    Excellent sequential presentation of information.

  47. Jenny M. says:
    Five Stars

    Great content, easily navigated.

  48. Julie T. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for this convenient opportunity.

  49. Sharon Z. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you.

  50. Mary S. says:
    Five Stars

    I am thankful you can take the classes on line.

  51. Suzanne P. says:
    Five Stars

    I truly enjoyed the course.

  52. Jessica B. says:
    Five Stars

    Thanks ! great info.

  53. Paul C. says:
    Five Stars

    I enjoyed the course work, it kept me thinking beyond the five hours. I had to review many of my previous concepts and theories. Thanks.

  54. Allison O says:
    Five Stars

    I really enjoy the personal timeline and being able to work at my own pace on my own terms.

  55. Jill K. says:
    Five Stars

    I definitely like the flexibility of the online courses. I was very busy the first quarter of school and tried to finish the course but other urgent matters interfered. It was great to have the course available when I had the time to finish! (Please note: there was more reviewing due to the time interval but that actually was good for me.)

  56. Ian W says:
    Five Stars

    Great experience.

  57. Christina G. says:
    Five Stars

    Great, thanks so much!

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