The Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia Knowledge and Practice is comprised of four 3-credit courses. Although the courses are designed as a cumulative sequence, candidates can take courses out of sequence, provided that the final course is the supervised practicum.
Courses are mapped to the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards: https://dyslexiaida.org/knowledge-and-practices/
Courses and their focus are as follows:
- EDC/PSY 527, Language Study for Teachers of Reading
Investigates the components of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse, and pragmatics) and how these affect reading and writing for students with dyslexia. Also focuses on assessment of, and multi-sensory instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, word reading, and spelling
- EDC/PSY 544, Reading Acquisition and Reading Disability: Research and Implications for Practice
Examines the origins of dyslexia, including the language, cognitive, and reading characteristics of children who both learn to read successfully and of those who encounter difficulty. Also focuses on assessment of, and multi-sensory instruction in reading fluency and writing.
- EDC 562, Methods of Intervention for Literacy Difficulties
Explores the demands of discourse processing, including narrative and expository texts, as well as assessment of, and multi-sensory instruction in, vocabulary and comprehension.
- EDC566, Intervention in Reading and Writing Difficulties (clinical practicum)
Provides supervised practical experience in diagnosis and intervention for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning difficulties.