Fairfield Receives Dyslexia Instruction Accreditation
Fairfield is among nine universities nationwide to receive accreditation from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and its affiliate, the Center for Effective Reading Instruction, for having met the standards outlined in IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.
The Certificate of Advanced Study (6th year), Reading and Language Development program in GSEAP received the designation.
The IDA Standards provide a framework for course content in university and other teacher preparation programs, offering research-supported documentation of what teachers ought to know and be able to demonstrate when teaching dyslexic students. The standards also apply to the teaching of other struggling readers or the general student population.
The goal of the standards initiative is to promote consistent and high-quality teacher preparation to improve outcomes for those who struggle with written language.
"We are very excited about this national recognition from IDA. Elementary teachers and even Reading Specialists are not prepared with the tools and training to diagnose and intervene with children with dyslexia; this program addresses that," said Robert Hannafin, Phd., Dean of GSEAP. "We are committed to helping all students read and particularly struggling readers."
"We are delighted to see ... increasing numbers of programs demonstrating an interest in seeking IDA accreditation,” said Louise Spear-Swerling, PhD, Vice President of the CERI Board of Directors and Area Coordinator. “Effective teachers can make an enormous difference in children's literacy outcomes.”
“These programs are providing the kind of thorough, evidence-based preparation that is needed for educators to teach reading and writing very successfully to diverse groups of students, including those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties," said Spear-Swerling.
Fairfield’s Sixth Year Professional Certificate in Reading and Language Development is open to those who have received their master’s in education degree. The 36-credit program is committed to preparing general and special educators who possess the knowledge and skills to positively impact K-12 students’ broad literacy achievement profiles. The program provides coursework in scientifically-based reading, writing, and spelling instruction, intervention, and remediation practices, in addition to supervised clinical experiences, preparing candidates to meet the diverse literacy needs of K-12 students, and serve the remedial reading needs of students with reading disabilities, including dyslexia.