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Science of Reading: Multisensory Instruction

Science of Reading: Multisensory Instruction - Advanced Certificate Program Overview

*This program is fully online

This advanced certificate, offered by The Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy in partnership with PNW BOCES, includes coursework based on research-based Orton-Gillingham methods for teaching literacy in a comprehensive and structured multisensory approach. The coursework is complemented by a two-semester mentored practicum.  The program is completely online, but participants must work with students in person for the practicum. 

Orton-Gillingham is a structured, multisensory approach to literacy instruction developed in the early 20th century by Dr. Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham.  Multisensory techniques are defined as using the pathways to the brain of seeing, saying, hearing, and kinesthetic (handwriting).  This diagnostic and prescriptive approach combines remediation, based on extensive research on children with language processing difficulties, with an analysis of the structure of the English language.  Skills are taught in order, based on an understanding of how children naturally develop language.  Rules and patterns of the language are emphasized to prepare teachers with knowledge of the structure of the English language to teach students to decode words on their own.

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Program Features


  • 12 credit New York State Approved Advanced Certificate 
  • Two 3 credit virtual courses 
  • Yearlong practicum in person with students and virtual one-on-one mentoring for 6 credits.  This can be done in the teacher's own classroom with approval from students’ guardian and school district if performed at work, or with students the teacher tutors with guardian approval. 
  • Summer and Fall enrollment options:
    Option A - all coursework is taken in the summer, preceding an academic year-long practicum.
    Option B - coursework can be taken over two academic years, with one course taken in the fall, one in the spring, and the practicum in the following academic year.
  • All coursework and practicum work align with The Orton-Gillingham Academy of Practitioners and Educators
  • Completion of Advanced Certificate work results in meeting all requirements to apply for OGAPE Classroom Educator certification 
  • Courses and practicum can also be taken for  professional development credits
  • Discounted rate is $680 per credit plus a $1500 mentored practicum fee

  • Masters Degree for Advanced Certificate (Bachelors Degree for professional development or as a stand alone course)
  • Evidence of Prior Certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Childhood or Middle Childhood Education, TESOL, and/or Special Education.

What are the requirements to apply? 

In addition to meeting the Manhattanville University admission requirements, candidates demonstrate evidence of prior teaching, have a master's degree, or be enrolled in a master’s program in Education or Psychology.

When is the application deadline? 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  5630 must be taken before 5631, 5632, or 5633. 

How do I apply? 

Apply here

When do classes meet? 

You can choose between classes scheduled during one week intensives over the summer or on select Saturdays throughout the school year. The practicum takes place in the candidate’s classroom (or with students you tutor) during the school day, during the school year. 

Are all classes online? 

The courses are taught synchronously online.  The practicum is asynchronous, in person with your students and virtually with your mentor. 

How long will it take to complete program? 

This program can be completed in one year if you take both courses over the summer.  If you only work on this program during the school year, it will take two academic years. 

What is the cost of the program? 

Thanks to our partnership with PNW BOCES, discounted tuition for those enrolled in the program is $680 per credit.  Tuition will remain at $1,050 for those taking these courses but not enrolled in this program, plus a Practicum Mentoring Fee of $1,500.

Is there financial aid available? 

Students enrolled in a graduate degree program 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? 


Can I apply for certification from The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators? 

Yes, successful completion of EDU 5630, 5632, and 5633 meet the requirements to apply for OGA Classroom Education Certification. 

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

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


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