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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.).


  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


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 resulting in a comprehensive understanding of dyslexia and other language-based disabilities
  • Direct training in research-based curricula
  • 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 an 8-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.

Summer 1 Fall Spring Summer 2
*SPED 5120E/7120E:
Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities
*SPED 5120E/7120E:
Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities
SPED 5150E/7150E:
Designing Reading Interventions for Special Education
SPED 4440E/7440E:
Practicum in Intensive Reading Interventions
**SPED 3030E/7020E: Assessment of Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities ***SPED 5250E/7250E: Assessment and Intervention for Struggling Writers

*SPED 5120E/7120E can be taken in summer 1 or fall 1
**SPED 3030E/7020E can be taken in fall 1 or fall 2
***SPED 7250E/7250E can be taken in spring 1 or spring 2


The Dyslexia Endorsement is open to undergraduate (B.S.Ed.; Double-Dawgs) and graduate degree seeking students (M.A.T., M.Ed., Ed.S.), and non-degree (endorsement-only) seeking students.

Students who are interested in obtaining the stand-alone Dyslexia Endorsement must be admitted to the UGA Graduate School. Prospective students may either be pursuing a graduate degree in another department or apply to the Graduate School for non-degree status.

Non-Degree Program Application Checklist

Students applying to the Graduate School for non-degree status are not required to take entrance exams or to submit test scores and letters of recommendation.

  • Application: Apply to the UGA Graduate School online. The application fee is $75 for domestic students and $100 for international students.
  • Resume or curriculum vita: Send to the department.
  • Official transcripts: Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application.

Deadline to Apply

  • Summer admission: April 15
  • Fall admission: June 15

Admission is only offered in the summer and fall.

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