Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Course, Price, Summer 2019

Course Number: EDU 5620 C05
Instructor: Peggy A. Price, M.Ed., Fellow/AOGPE

Vermont Technical College (Williston Campus)

Dates and Times:

Monday – Thursday, July 8-11, 2019 and                      Monday – Wednesday, July 15-17, 2019 from 8:30-4:00.

Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $2,170

Note: Please register directly with the Stern Center for Language & Learning. If you wish to take the course for credit, please notify Stern. Stern will then give you the link to Castleton's online registration form.

If you wish to register for the optional practicum, that is a separate registration at Castleton. Please notify Stern of your desire to take the practicum for credit. The Stern Center will provide you with the practicum registration link.

Course Description

Orton-Gillingham (OG) is a biologically and linguistically sound, diagnostic and prescriptive, yet flexible approach to structured literacy. This course is designed for the teacher who will work to individualize instruction to meet the intensive needs of struggling language learners.  Teachers who will use this approach must have knowledge of brain structure and function relative to language learning.  Teachers must also have knowledge of the history and structure of the English language and be able to utilize a systematic approach to multi-sensory structured language instruction. The OG teacher must be able to select and develop instructional materials to facilitate successful learning outcomes and sufficient practice leading to independent literacy learners. During the course, teachers will write and practice teaching OG lessons, participate in hands-on applications, engage in small and large group discussion, readings, and practice with instructional procedures and lesson planning.

This course meets the requirements toward the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators Associate Level certification (Option A). The 7-day summer course includes 49 hours of direct instruction eligible for three graduate credits. Teachers seeking Associate Level certification will continue with the Orton-Gillingham Level Practicum, which includes 15 additional hours of coursework and a 100-hour practicum.


  • The history and principles of the Orton-Gillingham Approach
  • The biological and neurological processes underlying this approach
  • The history of phonology and basic speech production
  • Dyslexia- knowledge of the nature and needs of the dyslexic learner
  • Language processing as information processing – receptive and expressive
  • The history and structure of English and basic understanding of morphology
  • Developing student lessons, student profile, and maintaining student records
  • Using and interpreting formal and informal diagnostic assessment measures
  • Elements and procedures within an Orton-Gillingham lesson and the why behind each section of the lesson
  • Building reading fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension

Course Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: The Associate in training (trainee) understands the rationale for selecting the OG Approach for individuals with dyslexia.


  1. The Associate trainee demonstrates an understanding of the stages of normal reading development.
  2. The trainee is able to explain why the principles of OG are an effective teaching methodology.
  3. The trainee is able to explain why OG is a primary approach of choice for the dyslexic learner.

Goal 2: The Associate trainee has knowledge and skill to provide instruction working under the supervision of a Fellow of the Academy.


  1. The trainee demonstrates a general understanding of reading acquisition and knowledge of the needs and nature of the dyslexia learner.
  2. The trainee has basic knowledge of the English language, history, and structure.
  3. The trainee demonstrates knowledge of the following principles of instruction as essential components of the Approach:
    • a. diagnostic and prescriptive
    • b. synthetic-analytic
    • c. sequential, structured, systematic, and cumulative
    • d. multisensory
    • e. teaching forward automaticity
    • f. teaching for integration and application of procedures
  4. The trainee's lesson plans provide evidence of clear goals that match a sequence of OG concepts.
  5. The trainee demonstrates awareness of formal and informal assessment measures.

Goal 3: The trainee adheres to the Academy’s Code of Ethics and understands the privileges and responsibilities of the Orton-Gillingham Associate member

Course Expectations: includes complete attendance, active participation, and homework which includes assigned readings and lesson creation.

Required Readings/Texts: 

Readings for Orton-Gillingham Associate Level
18 Readings in Total

Required Readings (All summaries due by August 26, 2019)

Guidelines for Article Summaries:

  • Each summary should be about one page per reading and include a reflection about how the content relates to your instruction.
  • The summary on the Gillingham Manual will be longer than one page. Please include 1-2 paragraphs or bullet points for each chapter in The Gillingham Manual to create a user guide. You do not need this text book cover to cover but you should familiarize yourself with the contents of each chapter so that you feel comfortable using this text as a resource for OG lesson planning.
  • Email one word document or PDF (not a link to a Google Doc) with all the summaries. Clearly label each article being summarized.
  • Keep the summaries in the order listed in the syllabus. 
  • Include your full name in the document's name and list your name as a header at the top of each page.
  • Proofread your summaries for correct grammar usage and spelling. Summaries riddled with incorrect grammar and spelling will be sent back to be redone and may lower your final grade in the class by a full letter grade.

For additional course information:

Peggy Price
(802) 878-2332

For additional registration information:

SJ White
(802) 878-2332

Register online now!