FAQs – General 2017-05-30T17:54:36+00:00

FAQs – General

What is the cost of Certification training? 2017-05-30T14:51:50+00:00

Training costs are set by the Fellow trainers or the Accredited training program.

Does my practicum student/small group need to be formally diagnosed with dyslexia 2017-09-07T18:13:24+00:00

No. If the student does not have a formal diagnosis of dyslexia you would benefit from any school testing performed regardless of the dyslexia word, any teacher concerns, or reasons why this student has been flagged for more services, and you would need to do your own informal assessment so you could write a good profile that supports OG as being an appropriate intervention. Testing often avoids the word “dyslexia” but reading disorder, etc or just testing scores that indicate difficulties with phonemic awareness and decoding can be crafted into a good profile.

Do I need to use the same student for the entire practicum? 2017-09-13T12:03:59+00:00

Although it is preferable to use the same student, the Academy realizes that certain situations are not always ideal for doing practicum. You do not need the 100 hours of practicum to be with the same student you present in your application, but you should work with the student sufficient time to show progress through the scope and sequence. The Academy recommends at least 50 lessons with the practicum student.

How long does training take? 2017-05-26T13:39:22+00:00

Each level has different requirements. Visit the Training & Certification section of the website for detailed information.

Do I need a bachelor’s degree in teaching to qualify for OG training? 2017-05-24T15:09:32+00:00

A bachelor’s degree in any area of study is acceptable.

Is there ever an exception made to the bachelor’s degree requirement for Classroom Educator, Associate, and Certified levels? 2018-01-23T10:46:33+00:00

No. The Academy’s standard is an applicant must have a bachelor’s degree to apply to the Academy at the Associate and Certified levels. The minimum requirement for teachers in the United States is a bachelor’s degree.  A bachelor’s degree puts immense focus on critical thinking, writing, and other academic skills, all of which lay a good foundation for learning how to teach phonics and morphology and how to work with students.  The Academy feels that having a bachelor’s degree as a requirement for certification, to teach dyslexic students, adds credibility to our certification.  There is no rule to prevent a person without a bachelor’s degree from taking coursework and practicum, this is at the discretion of the Fellow; however, the participants who do not have a bachelor’s degree must understand that they will not be qualified to apply to the Academy until they have a BA.

I have an M.Ed in special education and years of experience in this field. Will my background count toward the coursework required by the Academy for the Associate/Certified level? 2017-05-30T16:06:16+00:00

The training by a Fellow relies on the guidelines set forth in the AOGPE’s Curriculum Handbook. While your master’s degree and experience will be helpful in training, the coursework that meets the Academy’s standards is outlined in the handbook.

Can the observations be done via the internet (Skype for example) or videotape? 2017-05-30T14:49:03+00:00

The Fellow may determine that there are valid reasons for using a video and/or web-based applications for observations.

Can I be placed on your tutor list if I am not certified by the Academy? 2017-07-26T12:17:24+00:00

The tutor list is only for Academy certified members at the Associate, Certified, and Fellow levels.

Does the AOGPE online Subscriber course count for any CE units? 2017-05-30T15:07:28+00:00

It is up to the discretion of the organization that you are submitting the coursework.

Does AOGPE sell training materials? 2017-05-26T13:49:21+00:00

No. Training materials are purchased or supplied through the Fellow or Accredited Training Program.

Do I let the Academy know I am a Fellow-in-Training? 2017-05-24T12:47:06+00:00

Please have your Fellow inform the Academy, via email, of your Fellow-In-Training status.

How do I get trained if Academy Accredited Programs and/or Fellows are not located in my area (State, Country)? 2017-05-30T15:41:36+00:00

Examples of Scheduling for Training  

  1. If you are a teacher with summers available, look for training that allows for coursework in the summer and practicum throughout the year with a Fellow through video or web based platform.
  1. If there are no Fellows or training programs near you, your option is to travel to receive training.
  1. If a group of teachers is in search of training the Academy will assist in locating a Fellow who travels to train.


Can a parent or an individual who does not have a bachelor’s degree get trained? 2017-05-30T15:43:35+00:00

There is no rule to prevent a parent taking the class, this is at the discretion of the Fellow; however, the parent or participant who does not have a bachelor’s degree must understand that they will not be qualified to teach/tutor dyslexic students until they have a BA and have taken the practicum.