Dyslexia Interventionist Certificate

The Dyslexia Interventionist Certificate Program is a 10-credit online program that prepares candidates to earn a Wilson® Level I Certification. Candidates enrolled in this program acquire a sophisticated working knowledge of the sound-symbol system of English (phonology) and its structure (morphology), and learn how to implement specific diagnostic-prescriptive methods to support the remedial teaching of reading and spelling for students in Grades 2-12 who struggle with decoding and spelling, including those identified with dyslexia.

Candidates are advised that this program may be incorporated into the following degree granting programs:

  1. 30-credit MA program in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts with/without the #102: Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts certification (requires one additional credit for a total of 31-credits)
  2. 36-credit SYC program in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts with/without the #102: Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts certification
  3. 60-credit SYC program in Special Education with the #065: Comprehensive Special Education certification

Candidates who successfully complete the program, and who pass the Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI), may also earn a Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist Certification with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI), a subsidiary of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

Program Goals

The Program will prepare candidates to:

  1. Understand and/or know:
    1. the research base for multi-sensory structured language teaching
    2. the necessary principles of instruction used to teach students with a language-based learning disability
    3. the nature of dyslexia
    4. the instruction and importance of literacy skill
    5. the instruction and importance of transcription skills
    6. word structure including phonemes and associated graphemes syllables, syllabication rules, morphemes, schwa, etc.
    7. variances in children's vocabulary acquisition as well as learning expectations
    8. the importance of core and academic (general and domain specific) vocabulary and understand research-based instructional methods for all students, including ELLs
    9. how to appropriately select and teach vocabulary within an MSL lesson
    10. the importance of fluency as well as contributing factors to its development
    11. how to differentiate fluency instruction for students with significant deficits
    12. graphic organizers for varied types of informational texts (description, compare-contrast)
    13. the importance of oral language comprehension and explain how to differentiate instruction with individuals as indicated by their cognitive profile
  2. Demonstrate:
    1. the instructional implications associated with different cognitive skill deficits
    2. an understanding of the language concepts through WRS Substep 6.4 and the specific procedures used to teach these concepts
    3. an understanding of WRS principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, cumulative, and multi-sensory instruction.
    4. an understanding of the WRS Lesson Plan and the ten parts of a WRS lessons
    5. an understanding of the nature and causes of dyslexia and dysgraphia
    6. an understanding of multisensory strategies used to teach sight words, vocabulary and comprehension

Admission Requirements

  1. BA/BS from an Accredited Institution of Higher Education
  2. Minimum GPS of 3.0
  3. Personal Statement 1.5 -2 pages:
    1. Why are you interested in pursuing this certificate/certification?
    2. How do you intend to utilize this certification in the service of off-track readers and/or readers with dyslexia?
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation: Professional Colleagues
    1. What personal and professional qualities does this candidate possess that would contribute to their being able to establish and maintain positive, productive, impactful relationships with students, families, and colleagues?
    2. What concerns, if any, do you have about the candidate's intention to pursue and implement this certificate/certification in the service of off-track readers and/or readers with dyslexia?

Other Requirements

New Student Orientation (Online)

RLD 0575Developmental Literacy Remediation for Students in Grades 3+1
RLD 0576Intensive Instruction I for the Non-Responsive Reader Using the Wilson Reading System3
RLD 0577Clinical Intensive Instruction I for the Non-Responsive Reader in Grades 3+1.5
RLD 0578Intensive Instruction II for the Non-Responsive Reader Using the Wilson Reading System3
RLD 0579Clinical Intensive Instruction II for the Non-Responsive Reader in Grades 3+1.5
Total Credits10

Additional fees will be required for the program. Please contact the program director for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
SummerCredits
RLD 0575 Developmental Literacy Remediation for Students in Grades 3+ 1
 Credits1
Fall
RLD 0576 Intensive Instruction I for the Non-Responsive Reader Using the Wilson Reading System 3
RLD 0577 Clinical Intensive Instruction I for the Non-Responsive Reader in Grades 3+ 1.5
 Credits4.5
Spring
RLD 0578 Intensive Instruction II for the Non-Responsive Reader Using the Wilson Reading System 3
RLD 0579 Clinical Intensive Instruction II for the Non-Responsive Reader in Grades 3+ 1.5
 Credits4.5
 Total Credits10