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Orton-Gillingham Associate Level: Coursework

The Associate Level Course is the foundation-level course in the OG approach. My classes will provide hands-on opportunities to learn the structure of the English language and practice multisensory techniques for teaching reading, spelling, and handwriting. Presentations include lectures, multisensory experiences, lesson planning and teaching demonstrations. Topics covered will prepare participants to teach students from kindergarten to university level, reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension.

Homework requirements include the completion of the Academy’s required readings, written summaries, lesson plans, and quizzes.

The Associate Course includes the following topics:

  • History and Principals of the Orton-Gillingham (O-G) Approach
  • Dyslexia and reading research
  • History of the English Language
  • Structure, Scope, and Sequence of Language Skills
  • Phonology / Phonological Awareness
  • Sound-Symbol Association
  • Blending
  • Spelling Patterns and Generalizations
  • Syllable Instruction
  • Syllable Division
  • Morphology
  • Semantics, Syntax, and Grammar
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Reading Accuracy, Fluency, and Comprehension
  • Writing Instruction
  • Handwriting – Manuscript and Cursive
  • Assessment and Diagnostic Teaching
  • OG Lesson Planning and Materials Development

This course offers 64 hours (Includes 4 Additional Hours of Training Beyond the 60-hour Requirement of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators) for certification at the Associate Level.

The Associate Level is designed for educators, tutors, special education, reading teachers, parents of children with learning difficulties, professionals in children’s health sectors, and individuals seeking a career in educational therapy. No previous experience is necessary.

Instructor: Laurie D. Leason, Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE)

Dates:  Academic Year, Saturdays, and Summer. See Up Coming Events for details.

Please contact me directly regarding additional available training dates and times.

Location: Completed at my training center, on-site at your requested location or online in person via Zoom.

Fees: $1,600.00 (non-refundable deposit: $100.00) 


Optional 6 graduate credits (additional fee payable through the University of the Pacific).

For the SPRING registration form: OG Associate Application – Spring 2019

For the SATURDAY registration form: OG Associate Application – Saturday 2019

For the Summer registration form: OG Associate Application – Summer 2019

For the brochureOG Instruction Brochure

You must submit a criminal record search if you are not a teacher. This search must be attached to your registration (scan and upload for online registrations).


Orton-Gillingham Associate Level: Practicum

The Orton-Gillingham Associate Level practicum will provide my trainees with the opportunity to apply the Orton-Gillingham approach when instructing a student at their own school site, arranged site or video. With this practicum, I will provide support and instruction as the participant designs and teaches 10 lessons for a total of 100 hours under my supervision. This practicum must be completed at a minimum of 8 consecutive months, during which the trainee will work 1:1 with a dyslexic student. My observation includes a comprehensive write up with recommendations. Upon the completion of their coursework, practicum hours, required readings, lesson plans, and quizzes, trainees will have met the requirements of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators for certification at the Associate Level of membership and to the IDA at the Certified Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist.

Practicum Costs:

The Associate level practicum consists of ten recorded lessons, 40-60 minutes in duration that are submitted to me with all appropriate materials. They may also be viewed via Skype if requested. I first watch the entire lesson. Next, I review the lesson again and provide extensive comments and suggestions that are provided to enhance the trainee’s skills and knowledge, and lead to their membership with the Academy. I do not just complete a checklist on their lesson. A detailed report via Zoom is provided of compliments, suggestions, and corrections, to review the practicum lesson. As my review of the Associate practicum usually takes a minimum of three hours to complete, the fee is $200 per lesson. Practicum lessons may be paid in full at the beginning of the practicum, or paid when submitted to me over the course of a minimum of 8 months for the Associate level. There are no additional fees or course materials required. 


This coursework, including the practicum, provides 115 PDPs 

Optional 3 graduate credits (additional fee payable through the instructor).

Dates: Arranged on an individual basis.

Fee: $200 per lesson.



Orton-Gillingham Associate Level: Application for Certification

Following the successful completion of the Associate Level Course, trainees may apply for membership at the Associate Level in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

The requirements for admission to the Academy at the Associate Level are:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • OG coursework totaling a minimum of 60 hours
  • OG-supervised practicum experience, teaching one-to-one, totaling 100 hours over a minimum period of eight months to one year
  • 10 entire 40-60 minute lesson observations by a Fellow (onsite or unedited video)
  • Evidence 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.
  • People contemplating application should begin by reading Notice to Applicant and then by proceeding to download the appropriate membership documents at


The differences between the Academy Levels of training and membership:

Academy of Orton-Gillingham Levels of Membership & Certification Comparison Chart


Our training meets the highest educational standards, approved through AOGPE & IDA.

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