Teacher Level Dyslexia Certification

A major part of the Children’s Dyslexia Centers’ mission is to train teachers how to work with children who have characteristics of dyslexia.  Since 1994 when the first Center was established, over a thousand teachers and other individuals interested in becoming certified Orton-Gillingham tutors have participated in our training program.

At this time, our program offers graduate level training for individuals who are interested in receiving initial certification as tutors in the Orton-Gillingham approach.  A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required. Tutors can request information on how to earn full graduate course credits as well as continuing education credits (with tuition paid by the participant). However the certificate training is currently free of charge with nominal material fees. A new class of scholars will begin in the Summer of 2017 (June-July). Applications, interviews and observations are required in the Spring of 2017 to be considered for the training.

The Free Training for Tutors in Orton-Gillingham Includes:

  • A 50 hour seminar over the course of a year
  • 4-5 hours of observation
  • Training in the Characteristics of Dyslexia
  • Use of Elements of the Orton-Gillingham lesson
  • Analysis of the Structure of written language
  • Completion of a 100 hour practicum in conjunction with the seminar
  • Supervised lessons by an experienced Orton-Gillingham therapist

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Lesson Example: special closed syllables.


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To apply for free Orton-Gillingham training, please send the following information:

  • Application (Please call 215-673-1972 to request an application)
  • A copy of your current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about your professional work
  • A copy of your Bachelor’s degree diploma or transcript showing the date and type of degree awarded

Send all information to:

Pat Lazzaro
Children’s Dyslexia Center – Philadelphia
1700 Tomlinson Road
Philadelphia, PA 19116

An in-person interview is required and all paperwork must be completed in order to enroll in a class.

  • We are an IMSLEC (International Structured Language Education Council) accredited training course. Completion of all program requirements leads to Teacher Level Dyslexia Certification and 180 hours of ACT 48 credit.
Please call 215-673-1972 to request an application.