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The Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts certificate and program options at Fairfield are aligned with standards of both the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). 

Specialized Training: Dyslexia

The Program has met the knowledge and practice standards articulated by the International Dyslexia Association and is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association and its affiliate, the Center for Effective Reading Instruction. 

Dyslexia Interventionist Certificate

The Online Dyslexia Interventionist Certificate is designed to prepare professionals to remediate the deficient reading and spelling profiles of students in grades 4-12.

Attend An Information Session

Come meet the Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions and Faculty from the Reading and Language Development Program to learn more about our degree and certificate offerings.

Director's Welcome

16492_grad_gseap_prog_rld_jule-mccombes_10172019.jpgI am pleased to welcome you to the Reading and Language Development (RLD) Program at Fairfield University.

The Reading and Language Development Program offers coursework that is aligned with standards of both the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

Select options prepare candidates to earn the #102: Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts Certification with the Connecticut State Department of Education as well as the Structured Literacy Teacher Certification and the Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Practitioner certification with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (ERI), a subsidiary of IDA.

All certification and degree offerings prepare candidates to positively impact students’ literacy achievement profiles by translating scientific reading research into artful, creative, and engaging teaching practices.

Path of study options are designed for the working professional and feature the following life-balance considerations:

  • District-based cohort models for select locations
  • Accelerated program completion timelines
  • Courses scheduled one day per week, back-to-back (with exception of practica)
  • Two-week intensive (evening) summer coursework
  • Supervised practicum experiences embedded in after-school and summer-school programs

Candidates complete two supervised practicum experiences with students who qualify for intervention or remediation support. The latter features the provision of structured literacy interventions for students at-risk for, or identified with, dyslexia. Candidates in this program are prepared to earn national certification with The International Dyslexia Association.



As a former literacy specialist and elementary school administrator, I am impressed with the level of rigor and numerous clinical experiences …the coursework emphasizes evidence-based instruction with real-world application that mirrors the work our teachers are engaged in on a daily basis in all tiers of instruction.

(J.G. Norwalk Public Schools)

Coursework is presented through a gradual release model, with faculty explaining, modeling, and guiding candidates in the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills before then providing them with the opportunity to independently engage applied work with students.

Candidates in the Program develop a Professional Resource Portfolio that includes an extensive reference set of strategies to support literacy achievement among diverse student populations, a collection of professional development workshop presentations for parent and educator audiences, and a set of lesson planning and delivery templates for core, intervention, and remediation purposes.

If you are deeply committed to positively impacting students’ literacy achievement profiles, and are interested in learning how to do so from a scientific, research-based orientation, I would encourage you to apply today!

Jule McCombes-Tolis, Ph.D.
Director, Reading and Language Development

Application Process

Learn more about our formal application process. 

Core Faculty

Tuition & Fees

Candidates may be surprised to discover that the cost of attending Fairfield’s Reading and Language Development Program is extremely competitive.

Financing Your Studies

Learn more about opportunities to finance your studies. 

Apply For Graduation

Learn how to apply for graduation.

Apply For Certification

The Reading and Language Development Program offers candidates the opportunity to earn two separate certifications: a State of Connecticut #102: Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts certification and a Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist certification.

Career Development

Candidates earning degrees and certifications through the Reading and Language Development program have many career options available to them - classroom educator, literacy specialist, literacy coach, reading interventionist, professional development specialist, higher education faculty member, state department of education consultant and more! Candidates wishing to explore new or advanced career pathways are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Career Development today.

Initiatives & Partnerships

We establish innovative partnerships with districts and agencies that are dedicated to ensuring that educators possess the requisite knowledge and skills to positively impact reading achievement.

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