College Lauded for Dyslexia Teacher Preparation

Notre Dame College has been recognized by an international organization for its curriculum to prepare educators to teach reading to students who are dyslexic.

The College was one of eight postsecondary schools in a 2014 cohort accredited by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Notre Dame is among only 17 colleges in the country to receive the distinction.

The certification recognizes that the framework for the reading endorsement course content in Notre Dame’s teacher preparation programs meets the IDA standards for educators who are teaching dyslexic students, other struggling readers and the general population.

Kathleen Oliverio, Ed.D., assistant professor of education and reading specialist, created the dyslexia reading endorsement program.

In its endorsement, the IDA commended the strength of the coursework in the College’s curriculum and the "repetition of the IDA standards throughout the program that gave participants continuous reinforcement and practice."

The IDA standards require teachers to be more prepared in the structure of language, including the speech sound system and the organization of written discourse, among other principles of reading education.

In the IDA evaluation, three independent reviewers assessed course syllabi and program requirements as well as met with program directors and conducted a site visit at the College.

The IDA accreditation is for a three-year period. The College’s program will be reviewed again in 2017. The organization conducts reviews every two years and began accrediting programs in 2012.

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