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    Dyslexia and Language Based Learning Disabilities - Online Graduate Certificate

    Open doors by unlocking your potential.

    The online graduate certificate in Dyslexia and Language Based Learning Disabilities prepares professionals with undergraduate degrees in education or related fields to provide intensive reading intervention based on the science of reading. Professionals completing the certificate know the neurobiological causes of dyslexia and language-based LD, skillfully intervene in phonological awareness and phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency, and are proficient evaluators of educational needs in reading.

    Courses are asynchronous to meet the varied schedules of working professionals, and certificate curriculum is aligned with the Knowledge and Practice Standards of the International Dyslexia Association. Participants may be special educators, general educators, speech therapists, school psychologists, school administrators, or others committed to providing scientific-based reading interventions. Participants do not need to have a Wisconsin teaching license to enroll.

    Why UW-Whitewater Online?

    • Focus on the science of reading and dyslexia
    • Flexible and convenient for your schedule
    • Award-winning faculty
    • Practicum experience

    Fully Online

    No requirements to come to campus.

    IDA Aligned Curriculum

    Coursework is developed to meet all the standards of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

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    Dyslexia and Language Based Learning Disabilities - Online Graduate Certificate

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    The online graduate certificate in Dyslexia and Language Based Learning Disabilities is a 15-credit program. This program can be started in the spring, summer or fall terms, and at a pace that works best for you. Full-time students can finish in as little as a year.

    For a comprehensive overview of the program structure and required courses, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

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    To qualify for the certificate program, you must meet graduate admission criteria by the application deadline for the term you're applying for.

    Deadlines vary by term and are subject to change without notice. Accurate and up-to-date admission deadlines can be found on the graduate admission deadlines website.

    If you do not meet the graduate admission criteria, please email us to determine if you could be admitted on a conditional basis.

    International students must meet additional criteria and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for information and assistance.

    Additional requirements for admission to the Dyslexia and Language Based Learning Disabilities certificate program:

    • Upload a personal statement (2-3 pages) describing the reason behind your decision to pursue this degree, your short- and long-term career goals, and the value you believe you will add to the learning experience of your fellow students. 

    All requirements can be submitted during the application process.

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    This program at UW-Whitewater is a superior value at $610.55 USD per credit as a resident and $1,198.54 USD per credit as a non-resident for the 2023-24 academic year.

    If you compare our graduate tuition to others, you will find that this per-credit price is quite reasonable. Visit the Tuition and Fees webpage for complete information.

    Course materials
    Graduate students can purchase textbooks and other instructional materials through the University Bookstore or elsewhere online. Students should verify what materials are needed with their instructor.

    Financial aid

    Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program only are not eligible for federal aid. 

    Students completing a certificate with a degree program may be eligible for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, or employment. All of these make up a “Financial Aid Package” and may be offered singly or in various combinations. Since funds are limited, priority for aid is based on financial need and how promptly applications are filed. To find out if you qualify, or if you have other financial aid questions, contact the financial aid staff person assigned to you or try uwwfao@uww.edu or 262-472-1130.

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    The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers an excellent opportunity to leverage your existing certificate coursework. 

    Transfer up to 12-credits of your certificate coursework towards the master's degree, saving you time and money.

    Check out our Master's programs.