Introduction to Learning Difficulties

The University of Melbourne

Course details

Level of study: Microcredentials


Who is it for?

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for practising and pre-service teachers, support workers, and allied health practitioners who work within the education sector, as well as parents and carers of students with learning difficulties.

Relevance to your job and industry

This Melbourne MicroCert is co-designed by SPELD Victoria, the state's peak body for Specific Learning Disorders (SLDs). SPELD Victoria has helped people with SLDs including dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia for over 50 years.

This deep industry knowledge, combined with academic expertise from the University of Melbourne means you can be confident you're learning contemporary best practices from industry leaders.

Throughout the course, you'll gain evidence-based knowledge and tools that you can immediately apply in your educational context to better respond to the needs of students with learning difficulties or SLDs.

Introduction to Learning Difficulties can contribute to professional development (PD) hours for VIT registered teachers.

Skills and learning outcomes

By the end of this Melbourne MicroCert, you'll be able to:

Define key characteristics of learners at risk of specific learning disabilities (SLDs)

Examine the impact of learning difficulties, including SLDs, on social, emotional and academic development

Justify the ‘next steps’ for identifying and addressing learning difficulties, including SLDs.

Pathways to further study

Introduction to Learning Difficulties can be taken as a stand-alone course, or you can complement it with additional Melbourne MicroCerts in the Supporting Students with Learning Difficulties series, in any order you choose.

The series also includes:

Using Response to Intervention to Support Learning

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
990 for the entire course Contact institution 6 weeks
Online study
The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010

Entry criteria

Relevant experience or professional learning within the education sector is desirable but not an eligibility requirement for this course.


The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010
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