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Orton-Gillingham Training

Associate Level
Course Overview

This 70-hour online synchronous and asynchronous course will teach reading, spelling, and writing skills using the Orton-Gillingham approach, a structured alphabetic-phonetic system that engages visual, auditory, and kinesthetic pathways to develop the neural pathways for learning. All coursework and Practicum follow the curriculum set forth by the Orton-Gillingham Academy.

Who Should Take This Course?

Associate Level Training is ideal for all teachers, but especially those educators working with Tier 2 students (e.g., reading and ELL teachers), as well as Tier 3 instructors (e.g., special educators and speech pathologists). The Associate Level Course and Practicum prepares teachers to apply the principles of the O-G Approach in a 1:1 or small group setting.

  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum)

  • Proof of a current background check

  • Computer with camera and microphone, as well as high-speed, reliable internet connection

Course Details
  • Instructors:

    • Deb Morris, ATF/OGA

  • Dates:

    • June 26th - 28th (9:00 am – 3:30 pm ET)

    • July 1st and 2nd (9:00 am – 3:30 pm ET)

    • An additional 5 synchronous sessions will be completed throughout the 2024-2025 academic year

  • Required with this course is a commitment to the 100-lesson practicum, including 10 observations by the supervising Fellow and/or Fellow-in-Training:

  • Practicum (Option A): 

    • 100 sessions of 1:1 instruction with 10 observations via Zoom over a minimum of 8 consecutive months.

  • Practicum (Option B):

    • 50 sessions of 1:1 instruction with 5 observations via Zoom over a minimum of 8 consecutive months, and 50 sessions of small group instruction with 5 observations via Zoom over a minimum of 8 consecutive months.

  • Individuals seeking Associate Level certification through the Orton-Gillingham Academy may apply to the Academy after the successful completion of the 70-hour course and 100-hour Practicum. 6 graduate credits are available for this course for an additional fee. Graduate credits cannot be earned without the Practicum.


  • For Rhode Island Educators: This course leads to endorsement in the area of Literacy/Dyslexia. You will be able to add a Literacy/Dyslexia endorsement to a valid Rhode Island Certificate. This recognizes an educator’s specialty area expertise as well as indicates an educator has met the proficiency requirements of the Right to Read Act legislation.


Coursework Fee: 


Practicum Fee: 

$3,000 ($300/observation, paid on a per observation basis)

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