Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia 

Offered through the Mary Frances Early College of Education Special Education (SPED) program, the University of Georgia’s 15-hour, online Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia (GCD) provides current or prospective teachers, clinicians, and specialists with specific knowledge related to reading and language development, assessment, instruction, and remediation of reading disability. The program is aligned with the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. Students may either be pursuing a graduate degree in another UGA program or department or enroll in the GCD program as a non-degree seeking student. 


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.


Tuition & Fees  


Online Tuition $370 per credit hour 15 credit hours $5,550 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 4 semesters $2,388 USD
Total      $7,938 USD


Online Tuition $1,050 per credit hour 15 credit hours $15,750 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 4 semesters $2,388 USD
Total      $18,138 USD

*Students currently enrolled in a UGA graduate degree program will pay standard graduate tuition rate and fees.  

For students registering for fewer than 5 credit hours in one semester, student fees are reduced to $362 for that semester.  Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See  UGA Tuition and Fees  for the complete schedule of fees. 

Tuition and fees are subject to change.  

Other Costs 

Additional costs may include: 

  • Textbooks and intervention materials
  • Technology upgrades  

Financial Aid 

Visit the  Office of Student Financial Aid  for information about financial assistance. 

Promising applicants will be considered for program scholarship. 

Corporate Assistance 

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs. 

Military Assistance 

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit  Veterans Educational Benefits  to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.  

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) 

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section).  


Admissions Requirements

​Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply to the graduate school for the Graduate Certificate program in Dyslexia, and are not required to take entrance exams and submit letters of recommendation.

Application Checklist 

  1. Application - Submit online to the Graduate School Admissions. Application fee: 75$ Domestic / $100 International
  2. Select Campus - Online
  3. Select Intended Program -CERG Dyslexia (Comm Sci and Special Ed) [CERT_2DLX_ON]
  4. Statement of Purpose - Submit to the Graduate School online in your application 
  5. Transcripts - Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission

Additional requirements include

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., education, communication sciences, and disorders, educational psychology) from an accredited institution  
  • Must have a competitive GPA in all previous college coursework. 

Currently enrolled UGA graduate students should submit a new application for admission to UGA’s  Graduate School  in order to be considered for the Online Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia.  When completing the online application, choose "Online Degree" as the degree objective and "Dyslexia Certificate" as the degree option.  For currently enrolled UGA graduate students, the application fee is $25. The application fee for new applicants is $75. 

Application Deadlines

  • April 15th (Summer admission)
  • June 15th (Fall admission)
  • November 15th (Spring admission)


Program Structure

The online Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia (GCD) courses are aligned with the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. GCD courses provide students with practical, hands-on training and experience with research-based methods for reading instruction and intervention. GCD students will receive (a) foundational content that will result in a comprehensive understanding of dyslexia and other language-based disabilities, (b) direct training in research-based curricula, and (c) fieldwork in delivering reading instruction to elementary and secondary students who struggle in reading. 

Completion of the Online GCD program requires 15 semester hours (completed in 3 or 5 semesters) of specific reading and language-related coursework and a summer practicum in Intensive Reading Interventions in which students will demonstrate proficiency in working in small groups or one-to-one with students at risk for or who are experiencing reading difficulties. Upon completion of the program, students in the GCD certificate program will be prepared to sit for the International Dyslexia Association’s Structured Literacy Certification examination.

Summer 1 Fall Spring Summer 2
*SPED 7120E: Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities *SPED 7120E: Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities SPED 7150E: Evidence-Based Reading Instruction in Special Education SPED 7440E: Practicum in Intensive Reading Interventions
  **SPED 7020E: Assessment of Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities **SPED 7250E: Assessment and Intervention for Struggling Writers  

*SPED 7120E can be taken in Summer 1 or Fall 1

**SPED 7020E and SPED 7250E can be taken in Fall 1 or Fall 2.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

News & Events

UGA alumna earned Graduate Certificate after experience in the field
Student Spotlight: Tiffany Smith
Student Spotlight: Haley Faulkner, GCD

Online Learning interviewed UGA alumna and current online student, Haley Faulkner, on her Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia and her experience with learning online. She explains her passion for educating those with literacy and learning disabilities.

Online Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia: The Zeist Foundation Grants Gift to UGA

Contact Information

Contact the online Dyslexia Certificate Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have. 

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 948-2612



"Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be. When students have a champion at school, they develop a greater sense of self-worth and belief in their academic abilities. The fear of failure is removed, and students take more risks and set higher goals for themselves. In my classroom, my scholars know that I am their champion." - Tiffany Smith, '10

"I was pleasantly surprised to find out how well my professional skills as a speech-language pathologist fit into the world of dyslexia and dyslexia intervention. You have to be disciplined and not wait until the last minute to complete assignments. A planner is your friend" - Kendrall Graham, '19

"The most rewarding part of the coursework and practicum of the dyslexia program is being able to immediately apply what I’m learning in my coursework to my students. There is no delayed return; I can apply what I learn in my readings on ADHD or Dyslexia to my students the next day. I can see daily how beneficial this program has been to me - to my students. I use what I’ve learned to inform instruction, and because of that, my students are making greater and greater gains in reading." - Haley Faulkner, '19