Unanimous approval by Connecticut State Board of Ed for Fairfield University’s New Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts Certification Program
Fairfield University’s new Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts certification program received unanimous approval by the Connecticut State Board of Education to award the certification as a stand-alone endorsement and in the context of both a master’s degree and a sixth year certificate. Fairfield’s Director of Reading and Language Development, Jule McCombes-Tolis, PhD, made the presentation to the Board.
The Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts certification program is the only International Dyslexia Association (IDA) accredited program in Fairfield County and the only program in the County to offer the 102 certification in the context of a master’s degree.
The program will be housed within Fairfield University’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, and will feature dedicated training and supervision in assessment and intervention practices designed to serve the needs of students with dyslexia. Coursework will be aligned with standards of both the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the IDA. An endowed fellowship component of $4 million will provide tuition scholarships and job-embedded literacy coaching supports to select candidates nominated by urban and priority partner districts.
Dr. McCombes-Tolis, who is taking on additional responsibilities with her recent appointment as the IDA’s new chief academic officer, has been an advocate for student literacy throughout her career as a professor of special education and remedial reading. She has served families and school districts across the state of Connecticut as an independent educational evaluator specializing in the identification and remediation of reading disorders, and in her work on state policy panels, legislative initiatives and innovative university-district partnerships.
For more information about the Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts Certification program at Fairfield University please contact Dr. Jule McCombes-Tolis at email@example.com or the Office of Graduate Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 254–4184.