Jemicy School partners with Notre Dame of Maryland University to offer a 12-credit graduate dyslexia certificate program with courses developed by Megan McGowan, head of Jemicy Lower School, and other administrators and master teachers. The program teaches those on the ‘front line’ the skills and methods needed to be competent and effective diagnosticians and teachers for all children, not just those with learning differences. Classes are held at both the university and Jemicy School in Owings Mills.
Course offerings will include:
- Foundations of Literacy I: A Structured Language Approach for Teaching Students with Dyslexia (3)
- Foundations of Literacy II: Moving Beyond the Basics (3)
- Foundations of Math: Understanding Math as a Language (3)
- The Final Layer: Meaningful Integration of Learning Strategies and Executive Function Skills (3)
This coursework, which also touches on dysgraphia and dyscalculia, aligns itself with the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading developed by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Upon completion, candidates will be prepared to take the IDA certification exam for classroom educators.
Interested persons should click HERE
, then on the “REQUEST INFO” link (bottom of the page); complete and submit the form. Those submitting a form will be contacted by Dr. Jeanette Quinn, Assistant Dean Notre Dame School of Education, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional inquiries.
Excerpts from post-course evaluations:
- Out of all the classes I have taken while pursuing my master’s degree, I have learned the most from my Jemicy classes.
- The SPE593: The Executive Function class has informed my teaching in terms of a continuation of my learning practices as a veteran educator. The class not only confirmed what I already knew in my “gut” about how students learn and operate, but it has also allowed me to add a few new tools to my teaching tool belt in order to help my future students.
- This course has given me a plethora of ideas to use in the classroom that can better serve my students. My first step will be to improve the physical climate in my classroom.
- The Final Layer course was perfectly named. I am taking away, from all 4 courses, a bank of strategies that are good for all of our learners.
- I learned that as educators we should help shape the environment and model the skills and strategies needed for students with executive dysfunction, as these skills do not come naturally.
- I will continue to look at my students’ strengths and encourage them to think positively and never underestimate their abilities.
- This course has provided me with concrete ideas and materials to support students for success in and out of school, as well as a framework for incorporating strategies and developing meaningful learning experiences for all