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The UGA Mary Frances Early College of Education's 15-hour online Dyslexia Endorsement provides teachers, clinicians, and specialists with specific knowledge related to reading and language development, assessment, instruction, and remediation of reading disability.

This program is offered as a stand-alone endorsement program or as an endorsement program embedded in a Georgia Professional Standards Commission-approved initial preparation program (e.g., B.S.Ed.; M.A.T.) or an advanced (degree-only) preparation program (e.g., M.Ed.; Ed.S.).

Highlights

  1. Courses align with the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading
  2. Field-based experiences reflect current research on the science of reading and best practices in teaching reading and writing
  3. Video-based, engaging curriculum ensures candidates engage in the practice of teaching while receiving the feedback necessary to gain fluency and confidence in their practice
  4. Faculty engagement at the local, state, and national levels working to shape policy and inform practice

Curriculum

The Dyslexia Endorsement courses are aligned with the International Dyslexia Association's Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading and provide students with practical, hands-on training and experience with research-based methods for reading instruction and intervention. Students will receive:

  • foundational content that will result in a comprehensive understanding of dyslexia and other learning disabilities,
  • direct training in research-based curricula, and
  • fieldwork in delivering reading instruction to elementary and secondary students who struggle in reading.

Completion of the Dyslexia Endorsement requires 15 semester hours (completed in 3-5 semesters) of specific reading and language-related coursework, and a 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.

Courses

  • SPED 5120E/7120E*: Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities
  • SPED 5150E/7150E: Designing Reading Interventions for Special Education
  • SPED 5020E/7020E: Assessment of Dyslexia and Other Learning
  • SPED 5250E/7250E: Assessment and Intervention for Struggling Writers
  • SPED 4440E/7440E**: Practicum in Intensive Reading Interventions

*Must be taken in the first semester of the program

**Must take SPED 5150E/7150E prior to taking SPED 4440E/7440E

How to Apply

All applicants must complete the College's internal endorsement application form in addition to any other applications required by the endorsement program or UGA Graduate School.

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Admissions

The Dyslexia Endorsement may be completed independently as a non-degree (endorsement-only) course sequence, or integrated into the program of study of undergraduate (B.S.Ed.) or graduate (M.A.T., M.Ed., Ed.S.) degree seeking students.

Currently enrolled students may add the endorsement course sequence by completing the Endorsement Application Form. Candidates who are interested in obtaining the Dyslexia Endorsement as a non-degree student must be admitted to the UGA Graduate School.

Current UGA Students

  1. Complete the endorsement application for admission. It can take up to one month for your application to be reviewed and processed.
  2. If you have not received an email about your application within a month, please contact Sekita Stroud.

Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

  1. Apply through the Graduate School Admissions Portal. In the application, select the following:

- Campus: Athens - Degree Level: Endorsement - Intended Program: Non-Degree, Teaching Endorsement - Area of Emphasis: Dyslexia 2. When completing your Graduate School application, please include the following documents: - Resume or Curriculum Vitae - Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended

Upon admission to the program, please complete a brief, internal endorsement application form.

Deadline to Apply

  • May 1 (Summer admission)
  • July 1 (Fall admission)
  • December 1 (Spring admission)

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