Program Overview

The dyslexia therapist graduate certificate program is designed to provide teachers the knowledge and skills to work effectively with students experiencing moderate to severe reading difficulties including dyslexia. The 12-hour program leads to certification by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) as a dyslexia therapist and may also be applied toward the 30-hour dyslexia therapist track for the M.Ed. in Reading.

Required Courses (12 hours)

Core Requirements

Choose 12 hours

Leads to certification as a dyslexia therapist in Arkansas; may apply toward M.Ed. in Reading.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Dyslexia Graduate Certificate or M.Ed. Program. This course is designed to provide practicing teachers and other educational professionals with an introduction to dyslexia, the myths and po...

READ 7393 Special Topics: Teaching Children with Dyslexia

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: READ 7352 or Program Admission to the Dyslexia Certificate. This course is designed to extend candidates’ ability to assess and evaluate students with moderate to severe reading difficulties, including dy...

READ 7353 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties II

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: READ 7353. The course focuses on the principles of intervention for diagnosing literacy problems for students from the emergent stages of reading through the advanced stages of reading to learn. Special att...

READ 7385 Formative Assessment and Interventions for Children with Dyslexia

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: READ 7385. This course is the capstone experience for candidates working toward certification as a Dyslexia Therapist in Arkansas. Candidates will implement a research-based intervention model in a school s...

READ 7387 Advanced Practicum for Dyslexia Therapists

3 credit hours

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to pursue this program must meet the following requirements:

• Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (or at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work), or a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0

• Have a valid, initial or standard teaching license (Arkansas or other state)

Read more about the UALR Graduate School’s admissions process here.

Graduation Requirements

The Dyslexia Therapist graduate certificate requires 12 hours of concentrated course work. Students become certified as dyslexia therapists upon completion of the program with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average. The credits earned in this program may be applied toward the 30-hour Dyslexia Intervention concentration for the M.Ed. in Reading.

See the Graduate Catalog for more details.

Program Advisor

Dr. Linda Dorn | 501.569.3479 |
Department of Teacher Education Professor

Reading Education website


UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.


UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003 or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website,, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $383