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Wilson Reading Systems Level 1 Certification

Gordon College is offering Wilson Reading Systems® Level 1 Certification

Wilson® (an Orton-Gillingham derivative) is a highly effective, explicit, and systematic reading/spelling intervention for students with severe language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.

According to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress report (NAEP), millions of students in schools across the nation struggle to read every day.

The Wilson Reading System® Certification program from Gordon College provides teachers with the skills needed to help students become fluent, independent readers, using multi-sensory, structured language methodologies and strategies to teach reading and spelling successfully.

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) is implemented in public and private schools, literacy volunteer organizations, clinics, adult basic education classes, family literacy programs, correctional facilities and home-school environments across the country. WRS directly teaches the structure of the English language with an emphasis on mastery of the coding system for both reading and spelling.

Earning the Wilson Reading System® Certification will demonstrate that you possess the knowledge you need to work with students who have a diagnosed language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia, as well as those who are reading and/or spelling below grade level.

"The Wilson program provided me with the skills to reach students who have not previously been successful with reading. Although it is designed for one-on-one or very small group remediation, I have also been able to apply many of the strategies to all my reading groups in 3rd grade. Because it uses a multi-sensory approach, I have seen much growth in my lower readers. The program provides a clear sequence of what to teach, explicit guidance on how to effectively teach each new concept, word lists, sentences and stories, so you don't have to spend any time reinventing the wheel. This program has been very teacher friendly and so effective!"
—Christine Johnson, M.ED in Reading

The Wilson Reading System® Level 1 Certification program is made up of three courses that cover the fundamentals of the Wilson Reading System®.

EDU695 Introduction to Multisensory Structured Language Instruction  
Online via Wilson Academy    
 $325 (1 Graduate Credit) + $175 course fee

Examines the definition of dyslexia and common characteristics, reading research and the five areas of reading in relation to students beyond grade two with persistent phonological coding deficits. Specifically studies the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) program, including the structure of the English language, how to teach this language structure with direct, multisensory methods using a ten-part lesson plan. The course also addresses student identification and placement, program implementation, progress monitoring, scheduling, and creating a successful classroom environment. After completing EDU695, you have up to five years to complete the Level 1 certification courses (EDU696/697).

EDU696 Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Basic Word Study 1–6) 
Online via Wilson Academy    
Cost: $1950 (6 Graduate Credits)

Presents in detail the multisensory structured language instruction that is required for teaching students beyond grade two with word-level deficits who are unresponsive to previous instruction. This course provides practical application of reading research, with particular emphasis on phonological awareness, phonics, and spelling at the beginning levels of decoding and encoding. Provides specific procedures to teach the concepts presented in WRS Steps 1-6. Additional topics include accuracy and automaticity of word recognition, fluency with decodable text, vocabulary instruction and listening/reading comprehension at beginning stages of reading.

EDU697 Clinical Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader
Practicum supported by 7 live webinars/ 5 Observations via Skype

Cost: $975 (3 Graduate Credits) + $600 lab fee for observations

Supervised practicum requires successful delivery of a minimum of 60 WRS lessons with an individual student selected according to WRS criteria and student mastery through WRS Step 4.2. A Wilson trainer observes the participant working with his/her student five times during the practicum via Skype. The teacher must demonstrate mastery of the Wilson lesson plan, including use of materials, all procedures and methodologies, as well as demonstrate diagnostic teaching and planning.


Cohort I

EDU 695  July 2–31, 2018
EDU 696/697 Begin with a live webinar on September 11, 2018, 6:30–8 p.m. (plus 6 follow up webinars)

Cohort II

EDU 695 November 1-30, 2018
EDU 696/697 Begin with a live webinar on January 8, 2019, 6:30–8 p.m. (plus 6 follow up webinars)

  1. New Students (REQUIRED first step): Complete the Graduate Education New Student Form to create your Gordon graduate student profile prior to registering for your first graduate course. (All first-time graduate students must submit this form, including former Gordon undergraduate students. You only need to submit this form ONCE.)
  2. All Students: Complete the Graduate Education Registration Request

Billing Options: The cost for this program can be billed over six months, or a private Sally Mae loan can be requested. Please contact the with questions. 


Professor Krista Erikson at or 978.867.4775 with questions.