Now accepting applications for the 2020 Summer Cohort!
Spots for specialists-in-training are limited to six.

Our courses are specifically designed to meet the standards of the internationally recognized credentialing organizations AOGPE, IDA and ALTA*, and to provide teachers with the high-quality training and experience that students everywhere deserve.

All coursework and direct supervision align with the revised 2018 IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading and are conducted by Karen Sonday, MA. Education. Ms. Sonday is a Fellow of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE).

Associate Level: appropriate for anyone teaching students from pre-reading through 8th grade-level skills. It includes the theory and practical components needed to implement the OG approach with a high degree of fidelity. To be considered for the program, please send a resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Call (952) 920-9280 for more information.


Coursework: 60 hours

Practicum: 100 hours over 8 consecutive months (minimum)

June 15, 2020 - August 6, 2020


Mon, - Wed. June 15 - 17, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lecture
Mon. - Thurs. All Subsequent Weeks 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Practicum
Mon. - Wed. All Subsequent Weeks 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lecture
June 29 - July 2 NO CLASS

Includes 60 hours of coursework and 60-70 hours of practicum on-site at OGRS.

*Additional practicum hour requirements vary by the credentialing organization.
These can be completed at our site or yours.

Optional 6 graduate credits available

Prerequisite: none

Coursework Includes

  • Principles of effective instruction
  • Dyslexia and other learning disabilities
  • Pre-reading skills intervention including phonological awareness and phonemic awareness
  • Intro to the structure and history of the English language
  • Intro to phonology
  • Teaching language structure using seminal OG works including Rome and Osman’s Language Tool Kit and The Gillingham Manual
  • Multisensory techniques
  • Beginning affixes
  • Beginning Greek and Latin roots
  • Syllables and syllabication
  • Endings rules for suffixes
  • Metacognitive thinking/Socratic questioning
  • Teaching handwriting
  • Writing decodable text
  • Administering screening and progress monitoring measures
  • Documenting student progress

Additional Benefits

  • Small training group, highly individualized
  • Working with a team of seasoned OG professionals in a dynamic environment
  • Access to a wide variety of high-quality teaching materials
  • Direct mentoring and in-depth training by a Fellow of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
  • Rigorous curriculum with a focus on mastery and competency of skills


$4,000 plus materials (about $250)

$1,000 Non-refundable deposit upon acceptance.

Balance of tuition due June 1, 2020.


Please inquire!