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).
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.
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.
Candidates working in an urban and priority school district, or who are willing to accept a position in an urban or priority school district, are eligible to apply to become a part-time or full-time Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellow.
Candidates may be surprised to discover that the cost of attending Fairfield’s Reading and Language Development Program is extremely competitive.
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.
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
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