Orton-Gillingham Certificate Program Course Requirements

Peter Sammartino School of Education
University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies
Metropolitan Campus

Of the various remedial methods in use for teaching students with dyslexia, the Orton-Gillingham approach is the most effective. This structured, phonic, rule-based, multisensory approach to teaching reading, spelling and handwriting is considered one of the most valuable methods available for use with these students.

Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Training Programs

The Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Training course consists of programs tailored for regular classroom teachers and teachers of special education who wish to develop expertise in Orton-Gillingham. Accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), these programs provide teachers with a basic framework within which they can make decisions about adapting instructional sequences to the specific needs of individual students.

The following certificates are offered.

Orton-Gillingham Teacher (Program Accredited at the IMSLEC Teaching Level)*

*A student must achieve grades of B+ or better in the clinical component of each course to proceed to the next course.

Requirements (12 credits)

 EDUC6601 Multisensory Reading I3
 EDUC6602 Multisensory Reading II3
 EDUC7603 Multisensory Reading III3
 EDUC7604 Multisensory Reading IV3

Orton-Gillingham Teacher Trainer (Program Accredited at the IMSLEC Trainer of Teaching Level)

Requirements (34 credits)

 All courses required for Dyslexia Specialist Certificate30
 EDUC8609 Multisensory Reading V3
 EDUC8610 Multisensory Reading VI3

Orton-Gillingham Therapist (Program Accredited at the IMSLEC Therapy Level)

Requirements (42 credits)

 All courses required for Dyslexia Specialist Certificate30
 EDUC8612 Advanced Orton-Gillingham Practicum12

Orton-Gillingham Therapist Trainer (Program Accredited at the IMSLEC Trainer of Therapy Level)

Requirements (46 credits)

 All courses required for Orton-Gillingham Teacher Trainer program34
 EDUC8612 Advanced Orton-Gillingham Practicum12

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's or a master's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point ratio of 3.00 (out of a possible 4.00) in undergraduate or graduate work. Retention in the program is contingent upon maintaining a 3.25 academic average.
  2. For students without a master's degree, submission of the scores of the Graduate Record Examination, the Miller Analogy Test or the PRAXIS Examination.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. A New Jersey Instructional Certificate is required for students seeking second certification as Teacher of the Handicapped or Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC).*
  5. Candidates for LDTC certification also are required to have three years of successful, full-time teaching experience by the end of the program and to have experience teaching special populations.

*Master's degree programs, as well as special programs of a short-range nature, are available to candidates holding undergraduate or graduate degrees in a related field.

Applicants who have not completed all requirements for admission to the degree program may be permitted to enroll in classes for credit on a nonmatriculated or nondegree basis.

Center for Clinical Teaching

FDU's Center for Clinical Teaching, located on the Metropolitan Campus, provides an on-site setting where students in these programs can learn and practice the skills of clinical teaching under faculty supervision. Students are trained to provide instruction that is individualized to accommodate learners' needs, styles and interests.

At the center, students are taught to monitor learners' progress continuously and adjust instructional plans accordingly. They work to establish supportive relationships with learners to boost self-confidence and improve attitudes toward learning. An inventory of current diagnostic and instructional materials is maintained at the center.