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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)


Academic Year:

8 Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m


August 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 2018

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



Completed at my training center, on-site, or online. Training completed in Dubai on-site, and Thailand on-site.



$1,600.00 (non-refundable deposit: $100.00) May be paid in two parts: Part 1: $800, & Part II: $800


This coursework provides 67 PDPs

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

For the summer registration form, click here for the Associate Level course:

For the brochure, click here: OG Brochure for Website – Fall 2017


You must submit a criminal record search. 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.

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, plus travel if applicable.



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