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I'm interested in getting an Orton Gillingham Reading Certificate. Any recommendations on what schools offer this? How long does it take? Can you take the courses if you're not currently employed?


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The place that offers it in our State is a tutorial center called the Stern Center. You could contact them to see if they know who offers it in your area. Itís pretty intense and expensive.
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I'm qualified to get a classroom teacher certification through AOGPE (I'm getting ready to apply, just haven't done so yet). This organization offers classes at various locations that are taught by AOGPE fellows, who have met the coursework and clinical requirements set by AOGPE. The program I took was provided by a trainer who works at a local private school (no university affiliation or course credits). 35 hours in one week cost $1,250. I actually did two weeks of training, so I have 70 contact hours at a cost of $2,500. I had to do five classroom observations afterward. FYI, this is the lowest certification through AOGPE. There are two higher ones.

This isn't the only certifying organization. IMSE does this as well. They seem to do seminars in different cities.
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I looked into this through IMSE, thinking it would really be useful and that at least I'd make some of my money back through earning college credits (to move up on the salary scale). I ended up not going through with it because it was really expensive, and at least for the thing I was looking at, it was only worth 2 credits. I'd love to do the training, but I'm simply not willing to pay thousands of dollars to do my job. I'd happily go if my district were to pay for it.

We also have a sped teacher in my district who went and paid all the money/did all of the work to get certified as a dyslexia specialist, and no one will let him actually use his training! He's in secondary and they insist on push-in/co-teaching only focused on gen ed curriculum. At one point he actually interviewed for an opening at my school, thinking elementary might be better, and the sped director kept making snide comments about how he "can't get off this dyslexia training thing...he's obsessed with it" .

My point is, I wouldn't spend the time/money until you're sure you have a clear path to use it. Even if you plan to get hired as something like a reading specialist, most schools have programs that they require those teachers to use with fidelity.
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I would like to tutor independently after obtaining the certificate or work at a clinic that uses the method.


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