Dyslexia and the Science of Reading

Dyslexia and the Science of Reading Program Overview

This advanced certificate, offered by The Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy, in partnership with The Windward School in White Plains and Manhattan, empowers general and special-education teachers with a deeper understanding of the research, evidence and practices supporting the Science of Reading. The program includes coursework focused on dyslexia and research-based methods for teaching literacy to students with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities. The curriculum draws on the characteristics of language-based learning disabilities, to inform literacy instruction that is explicit, structured, and sequential. 

Through the coursework and a two-semester mentored practicum, this advanced certificate offers extensive experience in designing and implementing evidence-based literacy intervention strategies.

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  • 16 credit New York State Approved Advanced Certificate 
  • Virtual courses (10 credits: Foundations of Dyslexia, Literacy Assessment, Multisensory Literacy Instruction I, Expository Writing) 
  • Foundations of Dyslexia course features nationally renowned dyslexia expert guest speakers 
  • Five-semester-long program, requiring a commitment of two years of study.  The first academic year and one summer session include the foundations, assessment, and methods courses 
  • Yearlong practicum in person with students and virtual one-on-one mentoring (6 credits) 
  • Rolling Admissions 
  • Upon completion, you will be eligible to apply for OGAPE Classroom Educator certification 
  • Nine credits can be incorporated into Manhattanville’s MPS Literacy (Birth-Grade 6) and Special Education Childhood (Grades 1-6) 
  • Tuition is $1,050 per credit, plus a Practicum Mentoring Fee of $1,500

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify and help remediate early signs of children at-risk for dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.
  • Understand variations in the processing and development of the elements of language and literacy 
  • Identify current theory and practice in the assessment of reading, language development, and literacy 
  • Identify the key elements of multisensory, explicit, structured literacy instruction 
  • Directly and explicitly teach students how to write sentences and expository paragraphs 
  • Apply strategies to implement the reading-writing connection 
  • Create lesson plans that apply their understanding of diagnostic, prescriptive teaching, using an explicit, structured literacy approach 
  • Master's degree or be enrolled in a master’s program in Education or Psychology
  • Two years teaching experience

The program is five semesters, requiring a commitment of two years of study. The first academic year and one summer session include the foundations, assessment, and methods courses. The second academic year includes the supervised practicum. This is a two-semester practicum, typically conducted in the participant’s own classroom.

This certificate is a total of 16 credit hours. 

  • Courses included are Foundations of Literacy, Assessment, Multisensory Structured Literacy Methods, Expository Writing, and a yearlong mentored practicum experience. 

To view the course descriptions on our online Course Catalog

What are the requirements to apply?

  • In addition to meeting the Manhattanville University admission requirements, candidates must have two years teaching experience or be enrolled in a master’s program in Education or Psychology

Can I take one course?

  • If you would like to enroll in one course only, please complete the application by selecting non-degree. This will only require a transcript, diploma or certification uploaded.

When is the application deadline?

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

When do classes meet?

  • The classes are scheduled during the work week after 4 pm. The methods and writing classes are offered during the day, during the summer. The practicum takes place in the candidate’s classroom during the school day, during the school year.

Are all classes online?

  • This is a synchronous online program.

How long will it take to complete program?

  • The program is five semesters, requiring a commitment of two years of study. The first academic year and one summer session include the foundations, assessment, and methods courses. The second academic year includes the supervised practicum.

What should the admission essay include?

  • How will you leverage the Dyslexia certificate program to enhance your work as an educator? What was your motivation for applying to this program?

What is the cost of the program?

  • Tuition is $1,050 per credit.
  • Plus a Practicum Mentoring Fee of $1,500

Is there financial aid available?

  • Students pursuing a masters degree can be considered for federal loan options. To be considered, graduate students must submit a FAFSA to Manhattanville University using our school code: 002760.

Can I transfer in credits?

  • No.

What happens if I need to withdraw for a semester or more?

  • Your program of study will be placed on hold for one year.

 

 

Contact Us

  • The Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy

    Tracy McCarthy
    Managing Director, The Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy
    Tracy.McCarthy@mville.edu
    914.323.5434
    Benziger Hall, 124