Volume 1: 2019.2020

Effective 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

Graduate Certificate
18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the School of Education, and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Program Description

The graduate certificate in dyslexia is intended for certified educators who are interested in acquiring the foundational knowledge necessary for understanding what dyslexia is, how to recognize this problem early in a child's career, and how to provide appropriate, intensive instruction to help students with reading disabilities to achieve academic success. Each of the six courses required for this certificate are aligned with the International Dyslexia Association's (IDA) Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.


The 18 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in dyslexia include the following courses, which must all be taken at Webster University in the following sequence:

  • READ 5190 Advanced Studies in Language Development and Acquisition (3 hours)
  • SPED 5235 Understanding Diverse Reading Profiles, including Dyslexia (3 hours)
  • SPED 5040 Assessment of Reading Disabilities, including Dyslexia (3 hours)
  • SPED 5412 Instructional Methods for Diverse Reading Profiles, including Dyslexia (3 hours)
  • SPED 5270 Advocating for Persons with Disabilities (3 hours)
  • SPED 5090 Practicum: Dyslexia (3 hours)

Total: 18 hours


Students who are interested in applying to this program should see the Admission section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Receipt of transcripts from the baccalaureate granting institution.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. 

Send all admissions materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119