Dyslexia Specialist Certificate


Fairleigh Dickinson offers a variety of programs, described below, which train teachers in the use of the Orton Gillingham approach, an explicit, direct, multisensory structured, phonetic approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. The Language Tool Kit is the specific curriculum presented. Extensive and supervised practicum are an essential component of each program.

Dyslexia Specialist Certificate (30 credits)

The Dyslexia Specialist Certificate is a program tailored for regular 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 includes courses on theory and practice required for effective educational intervention for students with dyslexia.

Foundation Courses (13 credits)

EDUC6610     History of Multisensory Instructional Methods for Students with Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia (required)
EDUC6616     Language Acquisitions and Language Disorders (required)
EDUC6746     Learning Environment & Effective Management Teaching & Learning
EDUC6626     Neurophysiological Basis of Learning Problems
EDUC7623     Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities

Specialization Courses (12 credits)

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

Workshops (Choose 3)

EDUC6612     Reading Comprehension
EDUC6613     Written Expression
EDUC6615     The Computer as a Teaching Aid
EDUC6617     Study Skills
EDUC6618     Students with Learning Disabilities: Social and Emotional Issues
EDUC6619     A Multisensory Approach to Teaching in the Content Areas
EDUC6641     Orton Gillingham for Resource Center Teaching
EDUC6624     Orton Gillingham Topics
Electives in Reading

Orton Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Training Course
The Orton Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Training Course provides a continuum of programs for teachers who want to develop beginning to advanced expertise in the Orton Gillingham approach or who wish to become teacher trainers. These programs are nationally accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC)*.

* The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) provides national accreditation to programs that prepare specialists in multisensory structured language education.
For More Information

Mary Lupiani Farrell, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Education
Director, Center for Dyslexia Studies
University Director, Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities
Voice: 201/692-2816
Toll Free: 1-800-FDU-8803