The Dyslexia Endorsement program prepares individuals to recognize the characteristics of dyslexia and support students with dyslexia in the classroom setting. The coursework provides a multi-discipline approach from three perspectives: literacy education, special education, and speech-language pathology.

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Program Location


Method of Delivery

Fully Online Only


The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Credit and transfer

Total semester hours required: 9

This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.

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UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.


  • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
  • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
  • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
  • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
  • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
  • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
  • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.


The endorsement is comprised of three online courses (9 credit hours): READ 7263, SLPA 7720, and SPED 6500.


This course introduces candidates to appropriate assessments to analyze P-12 students' language and literacy strengths and needs to determine interventions for progress monitoring as well as enrichment strategies. Candidates will survey formal and informal assessments, authentic assessments, instructional strategies, and purposeful materials for advanced, proficient, striving (formerly known as struggling) readers/writers, and students with dyslexia and other disorders, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

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Enrollment requires advisor permission. A study of etiology, characteristics, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and prevention of speech and language disorders in children, including those children with multicultural backgrounds and special needs. This course is designed to focus on characteristics of growth, norm-reference and criterion-referenced measures, and assessment and intervention procedures and strategies related to reading and literacy development.

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This course entails the study and application of curriculum, methods, classroom organization, and management for students who are struggling readers and/or have diagnosis of high incidence disabilities; specifically, in literacy (reading, writing, English Language Arts).

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Morris Council, III

Morris Council, III

Associate Professor

Lama Farran, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Lama Farran, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Robert A. Griffin, Ed.D.

Robert A. Griffin, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of TESOL and Literacy Education / ESOL Endorsement Coordinator

John Ponder, Ph.D.

John Ponder, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Associate Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Graduate Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.

Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

  • To be eligible for the professional Dyslexia Endorsement, candidates must hold a level four (4) or higher renewable professional certificate in any teaching, service or leadership field.
  • To be eligible for the Five‐Year Induction Dyslexia Endorsement, the applicant must hold a level four (4) or higher Five‐Year Induction certificate in any teaching field.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.   
  • GPA of 2.7 or higher. 

Application Deadlines

The list of Graduate School Admission Deadlines is located here.                   

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here.


Graduate Admissions

College of Education
Dr. John Ponder
Department of Literacy and Special Education
Office: 678-390-6076

The list of Graduate School Admission Deadlines is located here.                 

1. Knowledge of Foundations of Literacy Acquisition

2. Knowledge of Diverse Reading Profiles, Including Dyslexia

3. Demonstrate Structured Literacy Instruction

4. Demonstrate ability to Assess Students.

5. Demonstrate Professional Dispositions and Practices