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Dyslexia Certificate Program

Available Online or On-Campus

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting one in five American children. A Dyslexia Certificate 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.

The 17-credit program is offered as a stand-alone certificate or as a professional concentration for students pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Leadership. As one of the seventeen dyslexia programs in the U.S. accredited by the International Dyslexia Association, the certificate is tailored for current teachers, students working toward a teaching degree, as well as parents and advocates for children with dyslexia.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand Foundational Concepts about Oral and Written Learning
  • Develop Knowledge of the Structure of Language
  • Develop Knowledge of Dyslexia and Other Learning Disorders
  • Interpret and Administer  Assessments for Planning Instruction
  • Master Structured Language Teaching Strategies


This program is for:

  • Teachers and administrators seeking to understand and effectively teach students with dyslexia
  • Special Education professionals seeking to meet the needs of their students with dyslexia
  • Family members of children and adults with dyslexia
  • Advocates for children and adults with dyslexia


The program is offered throughout the year, with entry beginning in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Coursework is offered in an in-person format or completely online 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.


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Candidates Must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Provide a valid state issued teaching license or certificate OR provide a current FBI and state background check.
  • 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).


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