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International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Certifying Strand

Become a Dyslexia Specialist

The Ohio State University offers two tracks that aid teachers in meeting the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Knowledge and Practice Standards in order to obtain IDA certification in the area of dyslexia.

Track 1

Preparing to become an International Dyslexia Association (IDA) certified Tier I Structured Literacy Teacher


  1. EDUTL 7430*: Phonics, Word Study, and Complexities of English Orthography (3 hrs.)
    Students will learn the historical influences on contemporary American-English spellings, study the technical vocabulary associated with phonics, word study, and English orthography, including, how to administer and analyze appropriate assessments for elementary and middle school students; and, how to implement instruction to support student learning.
    *Graduate-level course. Candidates must be graduate non-degree or degree-seeking students to register.
  2. EDUTL 5470**: Assessment and Instruction for Struggling Readers (3 hrs.; Prerequisites: EDUTL 5468 and 5469)
    Provides students with an introduction to theories, assessments, and instructional practices that effectively address the literacy needs of struggling and at-risk readers. Includes instruction in Orton Gilligham strategies.
  3. EDUTL 5471**: Clinical Practice in Treating Reading Disabilities (3 hrs.; Prerequisite: 5470)
    Students will use test materials in the diagnosis of reading disabilities; practice with remedial procedures.
    **Courses may count toward the Reading Endorsement if completed at the graduate-level, and within 10 years. They do not meet IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards if completed prior to 2014.

Additional Information

Recommended sequence: EDUTL 7430 in Spring; EDUTL 5470 in Summer; EDUTL 5471 in Autumn.

Requests for exceptions or substitutions must be coordinated by T&L Academic Services. Candidates are required to provide a course syllabus (if applicable) and a statement of request for the appropriate faculty to review and make a final decision.

Obtaining your certification: Candidates are recommended to take the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) certification exam soon after completing the certifying track. Completion of this coursework does not lead to a university or a state of Ohio certificate/credential. Successful completion of the CERI exam leads to IDA recognition of competence for teaching literacy skills to students with dyslexia and related reading problems.

Please note: Becoming nationally certified requires the $150 exam fee, $150 certification fee, $50 yearly dues, and 10 IDA approved CEU’s per year.

Track 2

Becoming an Orton Gilligham (OG) certified dyslexia specialist


  1. Satisfactory completion of Track 1
  2. Enroll in a second EDUTL 5471: Clinical Practice in Treating Reading Disabilities to complete a yearlong supervised practicum with children and adolescents. It is recommended that students enroll in the second EDUTL 5471 course directly after completion of track 1.

The recommendation for certification as a dyslexia specialist is conditioned upon proven competence in helping a struggling reader with a dyslexia profile make significant progress over a yearlong practicum (EDUTL 5471).

Becoming Dyslexia Practitioner

Teacher’s interested in becoming an IDA Certified Dyslexia Practitioner are required to complete track One and Two.