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The Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia program is administered by the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education and provides teachers, clinicians, and specialists with specific knowledge related to reading and language development, assessment, instruction and remediation of reading disability. The program is aligned with the International Dyslexia Association's Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

Program Highlights

  1. Only Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia program offered in the state.
  2. Curriculum is aligned with the International Dyslexia Association's Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.
  3. Complementary credential for students pursuing licensure and/or a graduate degree in special education, early childhood education, communication disorders, or educational psychology.
  4. Stand-alone credential is attractive for teachers and related professionals who are looking for professional development related specifically to teaching students with dyslexia.

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Faculty and Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia program provides students with in-depth knowledge related to the field of reading and language development, assessment, instruction, and individual differences.

The certificate program provides pre- and in-service teachers as well as related services professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach reading to students with dyslexia and other struggling readers.

Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia requires 16 semester hours of specific reading and language-related coursework, a 1-week (30 hr.) Orton-Gillingham Training, and a 7-week summer practicum in Intensive Reading Interventions in which students will demonstrate proficiency in working in small groups or one-to-one with students at risk for or who are experiencing reading difficulties. Upon completion of the program, students in our certificate program will be prepared to sit for the International Dyslexia Association's Structured Literacy Certification examination.

The Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia is intended for those who hold a bachelor's degree in Education or a related field (e.g. psychology, speech pathology, social work).

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

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The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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