Online Endorsement Plan: Dyslexia Therapist

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Credit Hours


Completed Semesters


Spring or Summer only


GPA or higher required

Estimated Cost

  • $420.19 Tuition
  • $2.84 Library fee
  • $10.73 Network & Data Systems fee
  • $30 Off-Campus fee

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2018 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

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Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid

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Program Coordinator

Peggy Whitby

This graduate-level program is designed to prepare licensed K-12 teachers to become dyslexia therapists, having mastery of the dyslexia therapist standards in foundational concepts, knowledge of the structure of language, interpretation and administration of assessments for planning instruction, structured language teaching and professionalism.

The College of Education and Health Professions provides the coursework needed for licensed teachers to submit a request for the dyslexia endorsement from the Arkansas Department of Education.

The therapist will work with teachers, parents and students in identification of students needing dyslexia services, assessment for intervention and prescribing/implementing appropriate interventions for students identified as dyslexic. The endorsed therapists will serve as the coordinator and interventionist for dyslexia services within a school.

Traditional financial aid and scholarships are not available for endorsement programs. Those teaching outside Arkansas should check with their home state's department of education to see if this endorsement will be accepted there.


Built Upon the Latest Research

The Dyslexia Therapist Endorsement program is built upon the latest research and best practices for working with students with dyslexia.  University of Arkansas Dyslexia Therapist Endorsement Program meets the requirements as outlined by Act 1294. A “Dyslexia therapist” means a professional who has completed training and obtained certification in dyslexia therapy from a dyslexia therapy training program approved defined by the Department of Education; and “Dyslexia therapy” means an appropriate specialized dyslexia reading instructional program specifically designed for use in a dyslexia program that is delivered by a dyslexia therapist interventionist.


Plan of Study

The 15-credit program is offered throughout the year, with entry beginning spring or summer semesters. Coursework is offered in an online format to meet the needs of K-12 classroom educators. There is an option to do an on-campus practicum for a 5-week session.  Educators receive the highest quality of instruction from faculty with a rich background of work in K-12 reading environments.

Courses in this endorsement program can be used toward requirements in a master's degree program in a related area.



Spring 2018
SPED 5173 Introduction to Dyslexia: Literacy Development and Structure of Language

Summer 2018
SPED 5683 Teaching Literacy Skills to Students with Disabilities

Fall 2018
SPED 5873 Assessment and Programming for Students with Disabilities
SPED 5633 Curriculum Development and Instructional Planning

Spring 2019
SPED 5543 Dyslexia Practicum