Wooden block letters piled on a black tabletop. Above the pile of letters is the word dyslexia with the e reversed.

The Dyslexia Graduate Certificate is designed for Arkansas teachers as an add-on Dyslexia Endorsement and is approved by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). This 12-hour online certificate meets ADE competencies defined by Arkansas law as provided in ACT 1294 of 2013. Aligned with standards of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), the International Literacy Association (ILA), and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), this program provides teachers with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with students experiencing moderate to severe reading difficulties including dyslexia.


The Dyslexia Graduate Certificate is a 12-credit-hour post-baccalaureate program designed for teachers to earn an add-on endorsement by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) in dyslexia.

Admission Requirements

Graduate School Admission

  • Apply for admission to the UA Little Rock Graduate School.
  • $40 non-refundable application fee paid via the link in the initial application email or by contacting the Cashier’s Office.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges and universities (undergraduate and graduate).
    • International students must have their transcripts articulated. Transcripts that have not been articulated can be submitted for the application process; however, if a student is granted admission, WES-articulated transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate School before he or she can register for classes.
  • Proof of 2 MMR vaccines. Contact your program coordinator if you think you are eligible for a waiver. Students only in the UA Little Rock Online programs are exempt.
  • Proof of a grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.00 scale, including post-baccalaureate hours.
  • A copy of your government-issued photo ID.

International Student Admission

Required documents for international admission:

  • Tuberculosis screening
    • All applicants must provide proof of a Tuberculosis screening, which must be performed in the United States of America and can be done at the Health Services Center at UA Little Rock.
  • Health and accident insurance
    • All international students must purchase the health and accident insurance provided by UA Little Rock and maintain coverage year-round. Students will be billed at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. A student who enters in a summer semester will be billed for that semester as well, making the total number of times billed three instead of two. If you have any questions, please contact Health Services at 501-569-3188.
  • Transfer forms
    • Applicants transferring from another institution within the United States of America must also provide a Transfer and Visa form completed by the applicant’s International Student Services advisor from his or her current institution.
  • Financial statement (students with F and J visas only)
    • Before they can be accepted into the Graduate School, students must provide a financial statement showing that they are financially capable of pursuing a graduate education in the United States of America. For more information on this form, please contact the office of International Student Services at 501-916-5815.
  • All applicants must submit a copy of their visa.
Students with US based undergraduate degrees and native English speakers (e.g., UK, Canada besides Quebec, New Zealand, Ireland, and Australia) will not be asked to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. They must not have just completed IELP, as mastery of English is critical to success in the program.

Program Admission

Regular Admission
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, OR
    • Grade point average of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses, OR
    • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
Conditional Admission
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution; a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no lower than 2.5; and a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of at least 141 on the Verbal Scale, 150 on the Quantitative Scale, and 4.5 on the Analytical Writing Scale; OR
    • Completion of at least 12 semester hours of graduate coursework in another UA Little Rock graduate program or graduate program from another regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a B.
Out-of-State Reciprocity

Out-of-state candidates seeking certification from other states as reading specialists or dyslexia therapists should consult with their respective State Education agencies about specific licensure standards and exam requirements. All candidates are strongly advised to consult closely with a graduate advisor for details regarding their program, concentration, and opportunities for certification and licensure.

Retention Requirements

The graduate certificate requires a minimum of 12 credit hours of required courses in reading education.

Graduation Requirements

Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study.


Required Courses (12 hours)

  • READ 7367 Teaching Children with Dyslexia
  • READ 7353 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties II
  • READ 7385 Formative Assessment and Interventions for children with Dyslexia
  • READ 7387 Advanced Practicum for Dyslexia

Course Descriptions

READ 7367 Teaching Children with Dyslexia
This course is designed to provide practicing teachers and other educational professionals with an introduction to dyslexia, the myths and politics associated with the history of dyslexia, an overview of Arkansas law relating to assessment and intervention of children with dyslexia, an overview of special education law specific to dyslexia, dyslexia characteristics associated with development of the structure of language, and a review of literacy development as it relates to children with moderate and severe difficulties with learning to read from emergent to advanced stages of development. Three credit hours.

READ 7353 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties II
Prerequisite: READ 7352 or admission to the Dyslexia graduate certificate program. This course is designed to extend candidates’ ability to assess and evaluate students with moderate to severe reading difficulties, including dyslexia. Additional content will focus on review of diagnostic procedures, review of referral and intervention processes, and a multi-disciplinary team approach. Three credit hours.

READ 7385 Formative Assessment and Interventions for Children with Dyslexia
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 attention is given to the use of formative assessments and delivering small group interventions targeted toward students experiencing moderate to severe difficulties with literacy development, including dyslexia. Three credit hours.

READ 7387 Advanced Practicum for Dyslexia 
Prerequisite: READ 7353. 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 setting, collect data on the effectiveness of the intervention model and strategies employed, and write an intervention report. Three credit hours.


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