Basic Orton-Gillingham Training Institute

Since 1951, licensed teachers (regular education, special education, ELL, reading, speech/language, and Title 1), paraprofessionals, home educators, parents, and even grandparents have taken our training courses, which are designed to help those who struggle unexpectedly learning to read, write, and spell.

To meet the needs of our diverse trainees we offer this course is three formats: entirely online, entirely in Rochester, MN, and a hybrid version of IN-PERSON AND ONLINE.

The Orton-Gillingham Approach, as taught by highly qualified Reading Center instructors, employs comprehensive, scientifically based reading instruction. During the Institutes, participants will learn the approach, the structure of the English language, and apply what's been learned by planning and teaching actual lessons. The training is intense but extremely valuable and life changing. Allow time in your schedule for a training of this magnitude.

Trainees in Basic Training Institute are provided with:

  • An awareness of visual & auditory drills

  • An opportunity to begin to learn the basic phonetic / linguistic structure of English

  • Hands on in class practice, plus planning and teaching actual lessons with a student

Trainees successfully completing Basic Training Institute (with practicum) are equipped to begin providing this approach with struggling students in grades 1-5.  

This is a 120 hour course that includes supervised practicum with a student. The Reading Center will arrange students for in-person trainees; online trainees must find a student local to their area to participate in the practicum. See additional details below.

See individual registration pages for course dates and times.

I wish it was an obligation for every teacher to take this course.
— Jacinta
This training has been very enriching, positive, and inspiring.  I can’t wait to use my new knowledge.
— Tina
I feel such a sense of relief that I no longer have to guess my way through different interventions and impersonalized programs without knowing how effective it will be to help the child.
— Jackie

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 - $1,595

The Summer Institute (3 weeks in July/August) meets Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm. Please see individual class registration pages for specific course dates. The Reading Center will arrange the practicum student.

Hybrid Training - $1,695

Our Winter Institute (December - March) merges elements of our online and in-person training schedules. Coursework will be completed online and practicum will meet in person in Rochester. The Reading Center will arrange the practicum student. 

Online Training - $2,095

Our online training is the same high-quality, Academy accredited program with a national reputation. The 120 hour course is spread out over 12 weeks, and broken down into 12 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 student (grade 2-4) 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). Beyond the initial screening, the student will need to be available two times a week for a total of 12, forty-five minute practicum lesson sessions. 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.