A new program aimed to help teachers who have students struggling with dyslexia is available through Emporia State University.
Every component of the program — except practicum experiences — are offered online. People can take the courses as part of a master’s degree of instructional specialist with a concentration in dyslexia or as a stand-alone graduate certificate.
“The concentration and certificate were created in response to the increasing conversation surrounding dyslexia, the science of reading and at the recommendations of the Task Force on Dyslexia in Kansas, which includes state legislators and the Kansas Board of Education,” said Dr. Teddy Roop, assistant professor of elementary education at Emporia State.
Courses focus on the role of language and how the brain processes reading and writing, how word recognition and language skills function, and pull from the fields of education, neurobiology, psychology and speech to address students at-risk or identified with dyslexia. Educators in the program then apply the content from courses through practicum experiences.
This online program is designed following the International Dyslexia Association Knowledge and Practice Standards.
More information about the program can be found at www.emporia.edu/dyslexia.