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

Foundation Courses (12 credits)

  • EDUC6610     History of Multisensory Instructional Methods for Students with Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia (required)
  • EDUC6616     Language Acquisitions and Language Disorders (required)
  • EDUC6626     Neurophysiological Basis of Learning Problems
  • EDUC6743     Introduction to Students with Disabilities in School and Community
  • EDUC6746     Learning Environment & Effective Management Teaching & Learning
  • EDUC7620     Diagnosis of Dyslexia (required)

Specialization Courses (12 credits)

  • EDUC6601     Multisensory Reading I
    EDUC6602     Multisensory Reading II
    EDUC7603     Multisensory Reading III
    EDUC7604     Multisensory Reading IV

One-Credit Workshops (Choose 3)

  • 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)

Course Descriptions