Advanced Orton-Gillingham Training Institute

The Advanced Training Institute builds on foundational concepts introduced in the Basic Training Institute, adding skills that will enable the educator to provide Educational Therapy beyond the introductory grades. It applies the same Orton-Gillingham Approach targeting the specific needs of older students and adults. This is an 90 hour course including practicum. The Reading Center arranges the students working with trainees during the practicum portion of the course.

Prerequisite: Trainees interested in Advanced Training Institute must have successfully completed Basic Training Institute. 

Trainees in Advanced Training Institute are provided with:

  • A further study of the philosophy & teaching techniques involved in the Orton-Gillingham Approach applied to teaching skills needed for reading and writing more complex language structure

  • An awareness of dyslexia as it occurs in high school students and adults

  • A continuing focus on all the instructional components essential for working with the older student

  • An opportunity to learn the linguistic structure needed to deal with advanced vocabulary

  • Hands on in-class practice plus plan and teach actual lessons

Trainees successfully completing the Advanced Training Institute with practicum are equipped to begin providing Educational Therapy to struggling students in grades 6 – adult.

Advanced Training is only offered 2x per year. The next in-person course will be held in June 2020 in Rochester. The next online course will be held December 2, 2019 - February 23, 2020. 

Details on Registration

Tuition Scholarships and Reimbursements

Full payment of tuition is due at the time of registration. Due to our generous donors we are able to offer scholarships to some in-person trainees based on financial need. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please visit our Scholarship Page.  Trainees who wish to use their training to become a Reading Center tutor, may be eligible to have their tuition reimbursed. For more information on this, please view our Become a Reading Center tutor page. Tuition payment plans are also available. please contact our bookkeeper, Gade Grinnell, at 507-288-5271 to inquire.

Withdrawal and Cancellation Policy

Please view our withdrawal and cancellation policy here.

Certificate of Completion

A certificate of successful completion will be presented to those who satisfactorily complete required course work and pass the examinations.

Graduate Credits are Available

College graduate credit may be arranged through St. Mary's University. College credit arrangements and cost are: (1) in addition to The Reading Center’s tuition; (2) payable directly to St. Mary's University; and (3) the responsibility of participants. You must indicate your desire for graduate credits at the time of course registration.

In-person Training - $1,695

The Summer Advanced Institute (2 weeks in June) meets Monday-Friday from 8am-4:15pm. Please see individual class registration pages for specific course dates. The Reading Center will arrange the practicum student.

Online Training - $2,195

Our online training is the same high-quality, Academy accredited program with a national reputation. The 90 hour course is spread out over 10 weeks, and broken down into 10 modules. This is largely a 1:1 training and trainees will meet regularly online with their master teacher throughout the course. Online trainees print their own materials from work or home. 

Each trainee must find a 4th-8th grade student local to their area that is willing to dedicate the time required to be screened online by a Master Teacher (to determine appropriateness for the practicum). Note: All practicum lesson sessions will need to be video recorded.

Minimum technology requirements include: headset, desktop/laptop with camera and microphone, high speed reliable internet connection, printer, and video recording equipment for practicum sessions.  Please note a PC is preferred over a MAC when using WebEx software.