By considering all facets of children who struggle to gain access to literacy, teachers can serve as advocates and school leaders through well-informed and caring action.
The Dyslexia Certificate Program provides teachers with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of students with dyslexia, from understanding and recognizing it to implementing evidence-based instruction.
The Dyslexia Certificate is a 15-credit program, with five 3-credit classes. Each course aligns with International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and International Literacy Association (ILA) standards. The courses address the foundational aspects of literacy acquisition and development, literacy assessment methodologies, and literacy instructional strategies for phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency. Field work experience is embedded in each course, providing opportunities for observation and practical application.
The certificate is designed for licensed teachers or for those currently enrolled in a Pacific teacher licensing or endorsement program. Candidates enrolled in the teacher licensing programs, Reading Endorsement, ESOL Endorsement, Dual Reading/ESOL Endorsement, TAG Specialization, and Special Education programs can add the Dyslexia Certificate with additional course work. Candidates enrolled in the MED/VFL and in CSD programs can add courses from the Dyslexia Certificate program as electives. Courses are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level.