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Notre Dame College is offering the opportunity to earn a graduate credit in dyslexia education through a virtual or on-demand conference attendance.

The Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association 32nd Annual Symposium will take place on Friday, February 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom. The one-day seminar also will be recorded and made available on-demand from March 1 through March 31 at Tickets are $25. In addition to one graduate credit through the College, participants also can earn five continuing-education credits or contact hours.

The symposium keynote speaker is Rebecca Tolson, Ph.D., CALT -QI, vice president of literacy initiatives at Neuhaus Education Center, a nonprofit educational organization focused on evidence-based training to improve student literacy. Her lecture will address “Identification of Dyslexia in Ohio: When We Know Better, We Do Better.” She will discuss the recent legislation Ohio House Bill 436 and the results of a case study regarding how Ohio K-12 public school districts implement federal and state policies for students identified with dyslexia and those showing dyslexic tendencies.

Other conferences sessions include an in-depth presentation on Ohio House Bill 436 and a panel of parents and administrators from a transformative district in the state that is implementing dyslexia identification, teacher training and remediation.

Graduate Credit Requirements

To obtain one graduate pass-fail credit through Notre Dame, symposium participants need to register online at After viewing the seminar, participants need to compose a two-page, double-spaced narrative with APA documentation assessing how screening for dyslexia contributes to early identification and intervention among children and reflecting on how early intervention will make a difference in literacy instruction for all students. Three additional sources must be included.

To sign up for the graduate credit through the College, go to Click on the button that says “Click Here to Register,” and then on the Dyslexia catalog and course number ED602D SP21 Diverse Learners: Dyslexia and More. Create an account and register. Cost of the course is $260. This is payment in addition to the conference attendance fee.

With questions on registration, contact Tina Jurcisin at or 216.373.6520. With questions about courses or assignments, contact Morgan Amend at or 330.807.3717.

Additional Education Programs

Notre Dame provides a dyslexia certificate as part of its education graduate degree reading endorsement and offers an online autism certificate through its Office of Professional Development. The College is home to the nationally recognized Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences (ASC).

Since its founding in 2005, the ASC has become a signature program of the College and is distinctive among higher education services for assisting students with learning disabilities beyond what is required by law. The program at Notre Dame is designed for students with documented learning differences, including those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, who are capable of performing college work, graduating and moving on to successful lives and careers.

The College also offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to Ohio licensure in early childhood, middle childhood, special education, adolescent/young adult and multi-age education through courses are offered on campus and online.

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About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information, contact