Certificate in Dyslexia (Online)

Special Education

Certificate in Dyslexia (Online)

Learn how to effectively educate and support K-12 students with reading difficulties and disabilities, including dyslexia and specific learning disabilities.

This online, 9-credit hour program explores the latest scientific research in reading and literacy, including best practices for the identification, assessment, and intervention of reading difficulties and disabilities. It is intended for:

  • Teachers, administrators, school psychologists, and other school-based professionals (e.g., speech-language pathologists, literacy coaches, reading specialists)
  • IU graduate students in initial licensure, license addition, or degree-granting programs (e.g., M.S.Ed., Ed.S., Ed.D., Ph.D.)

This program is an Approved Dyslexia Training Program as certified by the Indiana Department of Education (DOE). Indiana teachers can also apply these courses to their Professional Growth Plans (PGPs) for license renewal.

Important note: This graduate certificate does not lead to initial teacher licensure.

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall Aug 1
    Spring Dec 1
    Summer Apr 29
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admission Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    Note: If you are currently enrolled or have applied in the past year, you should qualify for an application fee waiver. Click here for criteria and how to obtain the waiver.

    Current IU School of Education Graduate Students:

    • A recommendation letter is not required for your application. To bypass this requirement, use gsoadms@indiana.edu for your recommender's email address
    • A new personal statement is required.
    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    3. Completed online application that includes:
      • Personal statement
      • Resume
      • One letter of recommendation
      • GRE scores are required only if applicant does not have a degree from an accredited U.S. institution
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Program Requirements

    This certificate requires completion of three, graduate-level courses (9-credits) that are offered through 100% asynchronous instructional methods. Students will be able to access each course’s content and instructional materials at any time during the semester in which they are enrolled but must adhere to preestablished course schedules and due dates. Some course assignments require students to have access and permission to work with a child or adolescent with a reading difficulty or disability in kindergarten through 12th grade (ages 5-19).

    Successful completion of the certificate requires students to earn a B or higher in the three courses listed below:

    1. EDUC-L 518: Reading Research for Literacy Leaders (3 cr.)
    2. EDUC-K 515: Foundations of Dyslexia: Identification and Assessment (3 cr.)
    3. EDUC-K 570: Intensive Reading Interventions and Supports for Students with Dyslexia (3 cr.; Prerequisite: EDUC-K 515)

    Certificate-Only (Non-Degree) Students:

    • may be allowed to count courses from this certificate in a future graduate degree program at IU, but this must be approved by the degree’s program advisor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

    Degree-Seeking Graduate Students:

    • who plan to use the Dyslexia Certificate courses in their Plan of Study (POS) must obtain approval from their advisor/advisory committee members.
    • can obtain the Dyslexia Certificate once the certificate coursework has been successfully completed. Students do not have to wait until after they have completed their graduate degree programs to obtain the certificate.
  • Tuition and Fees

    Per credit hour

    ResidencyTuitionDE FeeTotal
    IN Resident$480.93$39$519.93

    Find more information and calculate your expected costs at Student Central.

  • Funding
    • Ask your school/corporation about using Title I, II, and IV funds to pay for your Dyslexia training. For additional information, see the Indiana DOE’s resource: Title Funding and SEA 217 Dyslexia.

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Associate Clinical Professor

(812) 856-8278
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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Reading Disabilities, K-12 Reading and Spelling Interventions, Dropout Prevention Interventions, Student Engagement
(812) 856-8103
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Research Areas:
Play, Early Literacies, Digital Literacies, Children's Media
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Ana Maria Brannan
Associate Professor
(812) 856-8119

Susan Roberts
Assistant Clinical Professor
(812) 856-8251

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