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Dyslexia Graduate Education Certificate

UHV's Dyslexia Education Certificate program is for educators who want to better serve the needs of students with dyslexia. Students in the graduate program or non-degree seeking students will take three online courses focused on dyslexia instruction:

  • LITY 6362 Assessment of Multi-Literacies Learning
  • LITY 6331 Instruction for Students with Literacy Difficulties
  • LITY 6334 Foundations of Developmental Reading

Upon completion of the courses, students will receive a certificate from UHV and can take the Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI) to become a nationally certified Structured Literacy Teacher. Visit Certification | The Center for Effective Reading Instruction to learn more.

School district cohorts available in your area.

For more information, visit UHV announces new dyslexia certificate and information session or contact Dr. Carol Klages, or (361) 570-4284.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a neurological (brain) difference that impacts language, specifically reading, spelling, and writing. The brain of a person with dyslexia has difficulty connecting the print that he/she sees to the sound of that letter or combination of letters. It is not a hearing problem or a visual problem. It is a difference in how the brain processes print. Dyslexia is a language-based disorder that persists over time and interferes with learning.

The following are potential indicators that you or your child may be dyslexic, however, not all of these criteria must be met and not every dyslexic brain will look the same. There are additional indicators to consider which can be found in The Dyslexia Handbook (2018).

What might be some signs that a young child has a dyslexic brain?

  • Difficulty with rhyming
  • Difficulty remembering names of letters and their corresponding sounds
  • Omitting letters for words in spelling
  • Overreliance on picture clues and guessing at words
  • Does not use phonics knowledge to read words
  • Difficulty learning common sight words (i.e.,“to”, “said”, “been”)
  • Difficulty reading aloud

What might be some signs that a teen has a dyslexic brain?

  • Difficulty with the volume of reading and written work
  • Frustration with the amount of time and energy required for reading
  • Tendency to avoid reading for pleasure

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month!

Empower. Educate. Support.

The University of Houston Victoria also offers a Master's degree in Special Education with a Concentration in Dyslexia.

For more information about the certificate program or to inquire about the master's degree, contact Dr. Carol Klages, or (361) 570-4284.

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