The Dyslexia Certificate Program is built upon the latest research and best practices for working with students with dyslexia.  Antioch University Midwest’s Dyslexia Certificate Program has met tthe International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading, and has been recognized with IDA accreditation.

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).