Specialized Training: Dyslexia

The Program

Program Graduates Eligible for Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist Certification

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).

In addition, the Reading and Language Development Program has met the knowledge and practice standards articulated by the International Dyslexia Association and is as such, accredited by the International Dyslexia Association and its affiliate, the Center for Effective Reading Instruction. Graduates of the MA and SYC programs (with or without the #102 Certification) are eligible for a Structured Literacy, Dyslexia Interventionist Certification upon passing the Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading (KPEERI). For more information on applying, visit effectivereading.org

Candidates engage practicum and clinical coursework that prepares them to screen students’ risk status as it pertains to Dyslexia, identify students with Dyslexia, and develop, implement, and monitor intervention programs for students with Dyslexia who may or may not be receiving formal special education instruction.

“A major accomplishment that I feel I made this semester was my use of explicit, direct instruction…I really learned how to be more precise with my words, modeling, and directions….”

(K.T., Danbury Public Schools)

“As a former literacy specialist and elementary school administrator, I am impressed with the level of rigor and numerous clinical experiences that Fairfield University’s proposal includes. 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.”

(N.W. Weston Public Schools)

Dr. Jule McCombes-Tolis serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the International Dyslexia Association. As such, candidates receive cutting edge information on international reading research and practice initiatives designed to meaningfully improve outcomes for students.

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