Online Certification Preparation for Dyslexia Specialists (OCPDS)
OCPDS is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association as an IDA Accredited Plus Program. OCPDS maintains the high standards of this organization and keeps the Knowledge and Practice Standards (KPS) at the forefront of teacher preparation.
The OCPDS program uses Neuhaus’ Concepts in Literacy curriculum. Based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, the curriculum uses multisensory activities to teach phonological awareness, decoding, spelling, writing, and comprehension.
Concepts in Literacy is a systematic, sequential, and comprehensive structured literacy curriculum developed for teachers and specialists working with students identified with language learning needs.
OCPDS is a rigorous class that provides educators with the research and preparation required when working with students that have a language-based learning disability.
This program provides certification at the Dyslexia Specialist Level. Participants should be prepared for a maximum two-year commitment. During the program, participants seeking Dyslexia Specialist certification will be required to complete the following:
- 16 weeks of scheduled evening instruction time including virtual classes and meetings (Roughly 6-8 hours required during instruction time)
- 150 documented hours with students
- 3 book reports
- 5 self-guided studies (this will include a student case study)