Dyslexia Specialist Endorsement

January 31, 2024

Grand View is proud to be one of only two schools in the state of Iowa that offer a graduate-level teaching endorsement for Dyslexia. The Dyslexia Specialist Endorsement was newly released from the Iowa Department of Education in Iowa in 2021. This endorsement was created by a Dyslexia Task Force that was appointed by the Iowa Legislature to respond to needs and concerns voiced by parents across the state. It will prepare educators to meet the unique needs of readers who exhibit characteristics of dyslexia.  

Nearly 1 in 5 children have dyslexia (NIH, 2020), but educators are often underprepared to notice signs of dyslexia and to create learning environments that meet the needs of these learners. Educators who work tirelessly, often with disappointing student achievement results, are seeking more training in this pedagogy to help children learn to read more efficiently with effective instructional repertoire. Grand View is a proud leader in the state of Iowa in the effort to provide this unique opportunity to gain cutting-edge expertise in a program tailored to meet the needs of advanced practicing educators.  

This in-demand program can be taken as a stand-alone 18-credit endorsement or as part of your Master of Education degree. If you’re not ready for the full endorsement, you can also enroll in the Science of Reading Certificate. The certificate will provide an in-depth knowledge base for educators who want to enrich their literacy pedagogy with effective strategies. This 10-credit graduate certificate can later be applied to the Dyslexia Specialist Endorsement or the Master of Education, 

Anyone interested in obtaining the endorsement or certificate should apply for this summer start immediately. Last year the Dyslexia Endorsement program was enrolled to capacity and a wait list was created. Get started by contacting Ginger Hermon at 515-263-6183 or ghermon@grandview.edu.