Specialized Training: Dyslexia

The Program

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.

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’s Educator Training Initiatives.  As such, candidates in the Program have the option to work toward earning their national certification from the International Dyslexia Association and the Center for Effective Reading Instruction.

Candidates engaging in practicum experiences have the good fortune of being supervised by IDA certified practitioners, some of whom also hold credentials from such organizations as the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and the Academic Language Therapy Association.

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