University of Iowa

Web-Based Dyslexia Training

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The Iowa State Board of Education requires teacher preparation programs to address the literacy needs of students with disabilities such as dyslexia. In our efforts to support undergraduate and graduate students who are trying to increase their knowledge of reading disabilities, the Iowa Reading Research Center is offering students in teacher certification, reading endorsement, or reading specialist certification programs the opportunity to earn a certificate for completing 2 hours of online training through animated training modules about dyslexia.

Click here to register for the training if you are a higher education student in Iowa enrolled in an eligible program.

Interested students will need to register for the training by completing the pretest survey and providing documentation that they are enrolled in accredited programs in Iowa. Once approved, students will be given access to the following training modules.

Module 1. Dyslexia Explained

  • Understand the general characteristics of dyslexia.
  • Learn to identify warning signs for different age groups.
  • Dispel common myths about dyslexia.

Module 2. Phonological Dyslexia

  • Recognize phonological difficulties linked to dyslexia and effective strategies to overcome them.

Module 3. Working Memory and Dyslexia

  • Understand the link between working memory and dyslexia.
  • Test your own working memory and learn helpful strategies.

Module 4. Visual Processing Dyslexia

  • Explore visual processing dyslexia and related difficulties.
  • Learn practical classroom strategies.

Module 5. Auditory Processing Dyslexia

  • Understand the role of auditory processing in dyslexia.

Module 6. How to Help

  • Learn effective approaches to help children with dyslexia.
  • Explore powerful learning strategies and assistive technology.
  • Discover hidden strengths of students with dyslexia.

After viewing all six training modules, participating students will complete a posttest survey and will then be given access to download the completion certificate. Participants will retain access to the training modules for the remainder of the academic year. We encourage instructors to incorporate this training into their course requirements.

Because the Iowa Reading Research Center purchases a limited number of licenses to help fulfill requirements, access to the training is limited at this time to those higher education students in Iowa who are enrolled in teacher certification reading endorsement, or reading specialist certification programs.