Dyslexia Certification Program

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting one in five American children. Ohio legislation requires teacher preparation programs to include dyslexia standards. A Dyslexia Certification from Antioch University Midwest will help you stand out and make an impact. Our program is built upon the latest research and has met the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. Antioch University Midwest is one of only four higher education institutions in Ohio accredited by the IDA.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the psychology underlying dyslexia
  2. Possess skills to identify and assess students with dyslexia
  3. Master latest techniques for enhancing vocabulary and phonics skills
  4. Gain real-world experience through field work
  5. Offer comprehensive strategies to address needs of students with dyslexia

This program is for:

  • Current teachers in need of continuing education
  • Undergraduate or graduate education students looking for a highly valuable skillset
  • Undergraduate education students looking to enter special education
  • Administrators looking to better understand a condition affecting up to 20% of students
  • Parents of and advocates for children and adults with dyslexia

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The 17-credit program is offered throughout the year, with entry beginning in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Coursework is offered in a blended format to meet the needs of K12 classroom educators. Educators receive the highest quality of instruction from faculty with a rich background of work in K12 reading environments, many of whom are currently practitioners in the field.

Please note: Focused Field Hours are required for most courses. These hours need to be completed outside of class.

Candidates Must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Have a valid Ohio teaching license OR have the BCI and FBI background checks completed at AUM.
  • Be interviewed by the Program Chair.

Interested applicants will need to complete an online application, provide a copy of all transcripts, and a copy of current teaching license (if applicable). A letter of interest must also be submitted with application paperwork, expressing why the applicant is interested in pursuing the Dyslexia Certificate.

RLE5055  Foundations and Psychology of Reading (3 credits)

Students will examine the historical development of English and its relevance to language disabilities will be explored. The scientific basis of reading will be studied.

RLE5155  Introduction to Dyslexia (2 credits)

This course will focus on the traits of typically and atypically developing readers. The three major disabilities and affecting factors will be discussed. The definition as accepted by the NICHD/IDA will be presented and discussed.

RLE5255  Advanced Phonics (3 credits)

This course focuses on cognitive and advanced linguistic structures of the English language and phonetic concepts as they relate to reading and spelling. Focus on accommodations, modifications, and teaching strategies, including multisensory structured language (MSSL) techniques that may be used for the dyslexic student in the regular classroom and intensive therapy.

RLE5355  Diagnosis and Assessment for Students with Dyslexia (3 credits)

In this course, students will develop a referral, assessment, and placement process for identifying a student with dyslexia or other reading problems. Systems of record keeping and progress reporting will be discussed. Psychometric properties of tests will be studied.

RLE6155  Structured Language Teaching I: Phonology, Phonics and Word Study (3 credits)

This course will focus on explicit, systematic teaching strategies for struggling readers in the areas of Phonology, Phonics, and Word Recognition. Students will participate in clinical teaching and therapy practices while supervised by advisors in a clinical setting.

RLE6255  Structured Language Teaching II: Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension (3 credits)

This course will focus on explicit, systematic teaching strategies for struggling readers in the areas of Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. Students will participate in clinical teaching and therapy practices while supervised by advisors in a clinical setting integrating both clinical and diagnostic knowledge and intervention knowledge across all five skills identified in the NRP Report (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension).


Gainful Employment for the Dyslexia Certificate

The following information regarding gainful employment is provided for programs leading to a certificate.

Program CIP 13.9999 leads to the following occupational code: No Match


How much will this program cost me?*

  • Tuition and fees: $8,250
  • Books and supplies: $200
  • On-campus room & board: not offered

What other costs are there for this program?
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* The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.


What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

  • Federal loans: *
  • Private education loans: *
  • Institutional financing plan: *

* There were fewer than 10 graduates in this program. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of graduates.


How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 2 years to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2013-2014, *% finished in 2 years.
* Fewer than 10 students completed this program in 2013-14. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who completed this program is *%.
* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.