Program Requirements

Hours: 21

RDG 505 Psychology of Reading (3)
RDG 530 Phonics/Linguistics (3)
RDG 532 Advanced Phonics and Linguistics (3)
RDG 538 Diagnosis & Remediation of Reading Problems (3)
RDG 540 Fluency and Comprehension Development in Reading (3)
RDG 591 Practicum in Evidence-Based Reading Instruction I (3)
RDG 591B Practicum in Evidence-Based Reading Instruction Continued Orton Gillingham Implementation (3)

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Program Outcomes

The Mount St. Joseph University Dyslexia Certificate provides an in-depth knowledge base related to reading and language development, assessment, instruction, and individual differences. The Dyslexia Certificate is designed for those who hold a bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field (e.g. psychology, speech pathology). Meeting the requirements of Dyslexia Certificate enables participants to apply for individual certification from the International Dyslexia Association at the Dyslexia Interventionist level, if desired. 

This program provides teachers with the deep knowledge and practices that are needed to teach reading to dyslexic students, other struggling readers and/or the general student population. Completion of the Dyslexia Certificate requires 21 semester hours of specific reading coursework, including two full semester practicum experiences. These are focused on structured literacy using the Orton-Gillingham approach for an elementary aged student who needs early phonics intervention. Participants must receive a passing score on a practicum portfolio along with a passing score on the Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI) of the International Dyslexia Association.

All of Mount St. Joseph University's Reading Science programs (Ohio Reading Endorsement, Dyslexia Certificate, and MA degree) share common coursework and all have been favorably reviewed by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), earning the highest level of institutional accreditation: “Accreditation Plus.”