The Dyslexia Specialist Certificate (30 credits) is a program tailored for general education classroom teachers and teachers of special education who wish to develop comprehensive knowledge and extensive experience in the Orton Gillingham approach to teaching reading, spelling and handwriting. The program provides courses on theory and practice required for effective educational intervention for struggling readers including students with dyslexia.

Curriculum Plan

Required Foundation Courses (12 credits)

  • EDUC6610 History of Multisensory Instructional Methods for Students with Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia
  • EDUC6616 Language Acquisitions and Language Disorders
  • EDUC6626 Neurophysiological Basis of Learning Problems
  • EDUC7620 Diagnosis of Dyslexia
  • EDUC6740 Introduction to Students with Disabilities OR EDUC6746 Learning Environment and Effective Management Teaching and Learning

Specialization Courses (12 credits)

  • EDUC6813 Structured Literacy: Students with Reading Difficulties 1
  • EDUC6814 Structured Literacy: Students with Reading Difficulties 2
  • EDUC7633 Structured Literacy: Students with Reading Difficulties 3
  • EDUC7644 Structured Literacy: Students with Reading Difficulties 4

One-Credit Workshops (Choose 4)

  • EDUC6612     Reading Comprehension
  • EDUC6613     Written Expression
  • EDUC6618     Students with Learning Disabilities: Social and Emotional Issues
  • EDUC6624     Orton Gillingham Topics
  • EDUC6641     Orton Gillingham for Resource Center Teaching
  • EDUC6648     Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia
  • EDUC6737     Phonemic Awareness
  • EDUC6752     K-4 Literature for Struggling Readers
  • EDUC6862     Project Read: Reading Comprehension Report Form
    EDUC6880     Teaching Vocabulary to Students with Learning Disabilities

Electives in Reading (2 credits)