Associate Level

Screen Shot 2020-04-22 at 5.13.31 PM

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.

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. No formal degree or diploma is required to complete the coursework. If you wish to apply to the Academy for membership, a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent is then required.

Associate members may provide OG instruction to individuals, small groups, or classrooms, in and outside of a school setting, using the Gillingham approach while continuing to be mentored by a Fellow.

The Associate Level Coursework 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.

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

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

Dates: Throughout the Academic Year, Saturdays, and Summer. See the listed registrations below.

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

Location: Completed live online in person via Zoom, on-site at your requested location, or at my OG Instruction Training Centre.

Fees: $1,600.00
Includes all materials. There are no additional fees.

Elementary students reading in class.

Image downloaded by Laurie Leason at 20:52 on the 12/06/15

Orton-Gillingham Associate Level: Practicum

The Orton-Gillingham Associate Level practicum provides my trainees with the opportunity to apply the Orton-Gillingham approach when instructing a student at their own school site.

With this practicum, I provide support and instruction as the trainee 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 student with dyslexia.

I provide extensive comments and suggestions that are provided to enhance the trainee’s skills and knowledge and lead to their membership with the Academy.

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.

Dates: Arranged on an individual basis.

Fee: $200 per lesson. 10 lessons required in total.

OG Instruction

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 with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

  • 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.

  • 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 under the guidance of 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

Associate Level Registration Forms


For one-on-one, small groups, and classroom instruction.

Associate Level Coursework Fees:

  • 8 Days or 64 hours: $1,600

Forms of Payment:

  • Zelle
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal
  • Purchase Order
  • Payment Plans are available

Materials Included:

  • All resources and materials for each trainee are provided electronically
  • Includes slides of instruction, handouts, quizzes, lesson plans, activities, worksheets, informal assessments, charts, resources, etc.
  • Graduate Credits are available
  • Certificate of Completion

Continued Support:

  • I provide personalized support via phone, email or Zoom for all my trainees at no extra charge
  • Upon completion of the coursework, trainees may audit the course again at no extra charge.
  • As I am an Accredited Training Fellow, I review all practicum applications. Trainees may then apply to the Academy throughout the year with my ATF Recommendation Letter.

My goal is to have properly trained
teachers to assist these students.

Nationally Accredited

Our training meets the highest educational standards.

Accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and the International Dyslexia Association.