Orton-Gillingham FAQ

Orton-Gillingham FAQ2022-06-06T15:11:19+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

I have researched many organizations that offer Orton-Gillingham training. Why should I choose the Professional Training Institute?2022-01-10T21:57:47+00:00
  • Our Orton-Gillingham training is accredited by the Orton-Gillingham Academy, which means that our training program has undergone a rigorous application and site-visitation process. Our training meets the standards set forth by the Academy.
  • Our training and supervision are offered by Fellows of the Orton-Gillingham Academy.
  • Our OG Fellows have decades of experience working in public schools and mentoring public school teachers.
  • We offer training that meets the needs of working professionals. Most of our coursework is offered in the evening, on weekends, and in the summer.
What is the sequence of courses in Orton-Gillingham Training?2022-01-11T21:47:44+00:00
  1. Level 1 Coursework: 7 days of initial coursework (42 hours)
  2. Classroom Educator Practicum: 50 small group O-G lessons with a minimum of 5 observations by a Fellow over a minimum of 8 consecutive months.
    -OR-
    Associate Level Practicum and Seminars: 3 days of additional coursework (18 hours) + 100 1:1 O-G lessons with a minimum of 10 observations by a Fellow over a minimum of 8 consecutive months.
  3. Those Associate level graduates who wish to deepen their practice may enroll in the Orton-Gillingham Level 2 Certified Level Coursework and Practicum. After the Associate level requirements are met, candidates complete 100 hours of additional coursework + 200 additional 1:1 and small group lessons with a minimum of 10 observations by a Fellow over a minimum of 2 years.

More information about levels of O-G membership can be found here.

Why is your Level 1 course 7 days long? I see 5-day courses offered by other groups.2021-10-21T15:14:09+00:00

The standards set forth by the Orton-Gillingham Academy require 60 hours of coursework at the Associate Level. Our Orton-Gillingham Associate Level training is the first step toward certification. We offer a 42-hour course, and then you may begin the practicum and additional 18 hours of instruction in our seminar format. Other training programs may not be accredited in the same way.

Are there any prerequisites before enrolling in an Orton-Gillingham training program?2021-10-21T15:17:56+00:00

You must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. If you are not a teacher by profession, you must make an appointment with the Fellow before enrolling.

May I complete my practicum experience at your Learning Center?2021-10-21T15:15:59+00:00

We currently offer the practicum with students from teachers’ own caseloads. We will observe you virtually with your student(s) before, during, or after the school day.

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