Certification Program

INDIVIDUAL CERTIFICATION OVERVIEW

One of the primary ways the Academy pursues its mission is by a Certification Program of individuals who apply for Academy membership. An applicant submits specified credentials and documentation that are reviewed against the criteria and standards set by the Academy for four different levels of membership.

 

The Academy certifies Individual Members at one of four levels: Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator (OGCE), Associate, Certified, and Fellow. These four levels represent a continuum of increasing training, experience and professional competency. In addition, there is a Subscriber membership for persons who have taken a basic introduction to the Orton-Gillingham Approach but who have yet to undertake the training and practice required to become a certified member of the Academy. In addition to these Individual Members the Academy also has Organizational Members whose Orton-Gillingham instructional programs have been accredited by the Academy. (See Accreditation Program) For further information, please visit our section on Training Programs and Courses.

 

TRAINING 

Few colleges and universities provide instruction in the Orton-Gillingham Approach. Training is most readily found elsewhere. However, the quality and adequacy of training represented as "Orton-Gillingham" may vary significantly. Indeed, one of the reasons the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators came into being was to provide an objective, professional assessment, by an independent third party, of the quality and adequacy of programs that profess to provide Orton-Gillingham training. The Academy is not in a position to judge the qualifications of non-Academy members, but it can speak with authority regarding its membership.

 

Persons accepted into the Academy have met standards set by the Academy under the authority granted to it by action of the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York, for and on behalf of the State Education Department. As there are different levels of membership, the requirements to be met differ. The Academy has set its highest standards for those who would train others to be Orton-Gillingham teachers.

AOGPE TRAINING OPTIONS

Of its members, only Fellows of the Academy have achieved the levels of education, training, and experience deemed necessary to independently train others in the Orton-Gillingham Approach. 

 

There are two options that lead to Academy certification and membership:

(1) Working with individual Fellow (s)

(2) Enrolling in training within an Academy Accredited Training Program

All Fellows who train are expected to provide instruction consistent with the high standards promulgated by the Academy. Suscriber, Classroom Educator, Associate, Certified and Fellow Level Training Courses are all taught by Fellows. Some of them are complete courses including the required practicum based on Academy standards. Others may not fulfill the Academy requirements.

 

If you are interested in Orton-Gillingham training, you should contact the designated Academy Fellow directly for details. If you think you may be interested in membership in the Academy, discuss this with the Fellow, and ask how the training will qualify you for Academy membership.

 

TRAINING FEES

The cost of Orton-Gillingham training varies. Please contact the Fellow or Accredited site for information on fees.

MEMBERSHIP CHARTS

Click here for a MEMBERSHIP LEVELS COMPARISON CHART 

Click here for a COMPARISON OF CLASSROOM EDUCATOR AND ASSOCIATE LEVELS 

 

 

 

click here for academy accredited training programs

 

 

click here for training courses being offered by fellows

 

 

Email the Academy for a list of Fellows located in your area: info@ortonacademy.org

 

 

 

BEFORE APPLYING for Associate, Certified, and Fellow

boxPersons contemplating application should begin by reading NOTICE TO APPLICANT and then by proceeding to the appropriate membership level.

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Please note that the documentation called for in these application forms relies heavily upon training provided by Fellows of the Academy.

boxApplications for membership at the Associate, Certified, and Fellow levels are reviewed twice a year.

boxLearn more about the required and recommended reading for applicants.

boxFully completed applications, checklists and required letters of support must be post marked by: 

 

January 10 or post marked by July 10 

 

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Confirmation letters are mailed to applicants once applications are processed and sent to the Certifying Committee, usually within 2-3 weeks

  of the submission date deadline.

DECISION LETTERS:

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For the January 10 deadline, decision letters are mailed in May.

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For the July 10 deadline, decision letters are mailed in October.

 

All Application forms by the Academy are available in PDF form and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.


ORTON-GILLINGHAM CLASSROOM EDUCATOR (OGCE)

The OGCE must meet the following requirements:

boxBachelor's degree or higher (in any area of study)

box30 hours of coursework taught by a Fellow of the Academy

box50 hours of supervised classroom or group instruction using the Orton-Gillingham Approach, consisting of 40 to 50 minute long lessons

            over the course of one academic year under the direction of a Fellow

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5 observations of complete lessons by the Supervising Fellow 

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Readings may be assigned at the discretion of the training Fellow

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Application to the Academy with 2 letters of support using the required "Letter of Support, Orton-Gillingham Classroom Eductor" form below.             

           One letter must be from your Principal Training Fellow. The Second letter should be from someone who is familiar with your work as an

           Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator. 

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Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis

boxIf a Classroom Educator wishes to pursue Associate level certification by the Academy, all course work and practicum training may be applied to the

 Associate training requirements.

The Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator has the knowledge and training to deliver beginning literacy instruction in the classroom. Utilizing direct instruction, teachers bring a multisensory, structured, sequential, phonics and linguistic approach into the classroom.

APPLICATION

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DOWNLOAD OGCE APPLICATION

LETTER OF SUPPORT

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DOWNLOAD LETTER OF SUPPORT

(Two letters of support are required)

 

 

application deadline

 

boxApplications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

 

 

 

Academy accredited programs providing OGCE training 

1. Camp Spring Creek
Susie van der Vorst, F/AOGPE
774 Spring Creek Road
Bakersville, NC 28705
(828) 688-1000 
www.campspringcreek.org

(Classroom Educator & Associate Training)

2. Camperdown Academy

Heidi Bishop, F/AOGPE

501 Howell Road
Greenville, SC 29615
(864) 244-8899
www.camperdown.org

(Classroom Educator, Associate & Certified Training)

3. Learning House
Susan Santora, F/AOGPE
264 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-3691
www.learninghouse-ct.com

(Classroom Educator, Associate & Certified Training)

4. Schenck School
Rosalie Davis, F/AOGPE
282 Mt. Paran Road, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404) 252-2591 
www.schenck.org

(Classroom Educator & Associate Training)

5. Stern Center for Language and Learning

Janna Osman, M.Ed
183 Talcott Road, Suite 101
Williston, VT 05495
(802)878-2332
www.sterncenter.org

(Classroom Educator & Associate Training)

 

 

adobe readerAll Application forms by the Academy are available in PDF form and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.


 

ASSOCIATE LEVEL

Associate Level members have met the following requirements:

 

boxBachelor's degree or higher (in any area of study)

 

Option A:

boxOrton-Gillingham coursework totaling a minimum of 60 hours taught by a Fellow of the Academy

boxOrton-Gillingham supervised practicum experience teaching 1:1 under the direction of a Fellow,

             totaling 100 hours over a minimum period of eight months to one year

box10 entire 40-60 minute lesson observations by a Fellow (on-site or video and if videoed, unedited)

boxEvidence of completion of Academy-required readings at the Associate Level

 

Option B:

boxOrton-Gillingham course work totaling a minimum of 60 hours + 10 additional hours on adapting the Orton-Gillingham approach

to group or classroom instruction taught by a Fellow of the Academy

boxOrton-Gillingham supervised praticum experience of at least 100 hours over a minimum of eight months to one year, 50 hours of which

  are 1:1 and 50 hours in a group or classroom setting

box10 entire 40-60 minute lesson observations by a Fellow (on-site or video and if video, unedited)

boxEvidence of completion of Academy-required readings at the Associate Level

 

Associate Level members may tutor individuals using the Orton-Gillingham Approach while continuing to work with supervision by a Fellow.

Persons contemplating application should begin by reading NOTICE TO APPLICANT and then by proceeding to download the appropriate membership documents.

TRAINING OPTIONS

Those seeking training that leads to Academy certification have the option of working with individual Fellow(s) or pursuing training in an Academy Accredited Training Program.

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Click here for Academy Accredited Training Programs 

- Click on Training

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Click here for Training Courses provided by Academy Fellows, listed by State

- Click on membership level

- Click on State

 

associate APPLICATION, CHECKLIST and letter of support 

 

DOWNLOAD ALL THE FORMS REQUIRED FOR ACADEMY MEMBERSHIP AT THE associate LEVEL.

This includes an Application form, Associate Check List and two Letters of Support:  

deadlines

boxFully completed applications, checklists and required letters of support must be post marked by:

 January 10th or post marked by July 10th.

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Confirmation letters are mailed to applicants once applications are processed and sent to the Certifying Committee usually within 2 to 3 weeks

  of the submission date deadline. 

DECISION LETTERS

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For the January 10th deadline, decision letters are mailed in May.

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For the July 10th deadline, decision letters are mailed in October.

ASSOCIATE LEVEL READING LIST

ASSOCIATE LEVEL READING LISTdownload

CERTIFIED LEVEL

Certified Level members have completed all the requirements for Associate Level. The Certified Level member has also fulfilled the following:

boxAn additional 100 additional hours of Orton-Gillingham coursework (for a total of 160 hours) taught by a Fellow of the Academy

boxAn additional 200 hours of Orton-Gillingham supervised practicum experience (for a total of 300 hours) over a two year period

box10 entire 40-60 minute lesson observations by a Fellow in addition to those in the Associate Level for a total of 20

boxEvidence of completion of Academy- required readings at the Certified Level

 

Certified Level members are qualified to tutor individuals and teach small groups using the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

Persons contemplating application should begin by reading NOTICE TO APPLICANT and then by proceeding to download the appropriate membership documents.

 

TRAINING OPTIONS

Those seeking training that leads to Academy certification have the option of working with individual Fellow(s) or pursuing training in an Academy Accredited Training Program.

      

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 Click here for Academy Accredited Training Programs

- Then click on Training

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Click here for Training Courses provided by Academy Fellows, listed by State

- Click on membership level

- Click on State

CERTIFIED APPLICATION, CHECKLIST AND LETTER OF SUPPORT 

 

DOWNLOAD ALL THE FORMS REQUIRED FOR ACADEMY MEMBERSHIP AT THE CERTIFIED LEVEL.

This includes an Application form, Certified Check List and two Letters of Support:  

note change in certified application - November 2011

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In order to clearly show the prescriptive-diagnostic process of the Orton-Gillingham Approach, Certified Level Applicants should now submit a

  pre- and post lesson plan in addition to the annotated lesson plan for both students.

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Since it is so close to the January 10th submission date, this new requirement will not take full effect until after July 10th, 2013, submission date. 

DEADLINES

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Fully completed applications, checklists and required letters of support must be post marked by:

 January 10th or post marked by July 10th.

 

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Confirmation letters are mailed to applicants once applications are processed and sent to the Certifying Committee usually within

  2-3 weeks of the submission date deadline.

DECISION LETTERS

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For the January 10th deadline, decision letters are mailed in May.

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For the July 10th deadline, decision letters are mailed in October.

      

CERTIFIED LEVEL READING LIST

CERTIFIED READING LISTdownload

 

FELLOW LEVEL

Fellow Level members have completed all the requirements stipulated for the Certified Level. Fellow Level members have also fulfilled the following:

 

 

boxMaster's degree or the international equivalent; an additional 90 hours of coursework (for a total of 250 hours) taught by a Fellow of the Academy

boxAn additional 300 hours of Orton-Gillingham supervised practicum experience (for a total of 600 hours) with a minimum of six years as a practitioner

boxDocumentation of observations while teaching coursework to practitioners at the Associate and Certified Levels and while supervising such practitioners

boxEvidence of completion of Academy-required-readings at the Fellow Level and evidence of continuing professional development

 

Fellows are qualified to train and supervise others in the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

Persons contemplating application should begin by reading NOTICE TO APPLICANT and then by proceeding to download the appropriate membership documents.

TRAINING OPTIONS

Those seeking training that leads to Academy certification have the option of working with individual Fellow(s) or pursuing training in an Academy Accredited Training Program. 

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Click here for Academy Accredited Training Programs

- Click on Training

 

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 Click here for Training Courses provided by Academy Fellows, listed by State

- Click on membership level

- Click on State

 

  

fellow application, checklist and letter of support 

 

DOWNLOAD ALL THE FORMS REQUIRED FOR ACADEMY MEMBERSHIP AT THE FELLOW LEVEL.

This includes an Application form, Fellow Checklist and two Letters of Support.  

DEADLINES

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Fully completed applications, checklists and required letters of support must be post marked by

January 10th or post marked by July 10th.

 

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Confirmation letters are mailed to applicants once applications are processed and sent to the Certifying Committee usually within 2-3 weeks

  of the the submission date deadline.

DECISION LETTERS

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For the January 10th deadline, decision letters are mailed in May.

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For the July 10th deadline, decision letters are mailed in October. 

FELLOW READING LIST

FELLOW READING LISTdownload

SUBSCRIBER MEMBER

 

Subscriber members have completed, as a minimum, one of the Academy's Subscriber courses:

 A subscriber must completed a course of at least 6 hours given by a Fellow of the Academy.box

box10 hour Online Subscriber Course developed by the Academy Administered by Educational Publishing Services (EPS)

     

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND PAY FOR THE 10-HOUR ONLINE COURSE

(https://training.epsbooks.com/training/servlet/courseaccess/CourseList)

• The cost of the 10-hour course through EPS is $49, and payable to EPS.

• Once the coursework is completed, submit the Subscriber Online Application to the Academy with the fee of $50 for your first year membership dues

payable to AOGPE through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to pay online.

• The Academy will receive confirmation of the completion of your coursework and will send you a letter of acceptance. This could take up to 6 weeks.

boxSubscriber course offered by a team of Academy Fellows at the yearly Academy Conference (News and Announcements)

boxSubscriber courses offered by Academy Fellows around the country (Training Courses) (Academy Accredited Training Programs)

 

A Subscriber course provides an initial overview of the nature of dyslexia and of the principles of the Orton-Gillingham Approach. Also eligible to become Subscriber members are persons who have taken or may be taking Orton-Gillingham training from an Academy Fellow that exceeds this minimum. The Subscriber member is not a practicing professional of the Orton-Gillingham Approach. One must complete the initial coursework and practicum requirements set by the Academy at the Associate level of membership to practice using the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

 

The subscriber course is an introduction to the Orton-Gillingham approach. Subscriber members receive mailings including conferences announcements and newsletters. Subscriber members are informed consumers but are not qualified to teach using the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

 SIGN UP FOR THE 10 HOUR COURSE THROUGH EPS

 

 

downloadCLICK HERE TO REGISITER AND PAY FOR THE 10-HOUR COURSE 

 

 

 

 

SUBSCRIBER APPLICATION

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Download application form FOR the Subscriber MEMBERSHIP.

This includes an Application form.

 

 

 

SUBSCRIBER ONLINE APPLICATION (after completion of the 10 hour online course offered by EPS)

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ONLINE Subscriber APPLICATION

(after completion of the EPS 10-hour online course)