The K-12 Dyslexia Specialist endorsement (Iowa 1761) is available to licensed teachers with at least 3 years of teaching experience in a K-12 setting. This program is offered at the graduate level, as a non-degree program in cooperation with the Iowa Reading Research Center, preparing professionals to meet the needs of learners with dyslexia.

Application Deadline

  • Fall 2021 - Submit application requirements by May 15, 2021
  • Fall 2022 - Submit application requirements by February 1, 2022

Application Requirements

  • Admission to the University of Iowa as a Nondegree Graduate Student, or as a graduate student in another University of Iowa program;
  • For "Purpose of attending," select "Other," and type in "Dyslexia Specialist."
  • Requires submission of official transcript of bachelor's degree directly from college, university, or transcript clearinghouse to Office of Admissions <gradmail@uiowa.edu> (not required for University of Iowa graduates).
  • Transcript(s) of all college/university work not taken at the University of Iowa or included on the MyUI grade report (these can be unofficial or student-issued copies for our purposes in the College of Education);
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your knowledge or experience teaching reading and literacy;
  • Experience Verification Form (or forms), or comparable documentation of at least three years of teaching experience in a K-12 setting.

Consideration of Applications

Applications for the program are selective. Admission decisions may be based on factors including the applicant's academic history, teaching experience, and goals and interest in the Dyslexia Specialist endorsement. Additional factors may include geographic distribution of unfilled Dyslexia Specialist positions in Area Education Agencies and other educational partners, and the ability of the program to offer courses and practicum placements.

The University of Iowa requests this information for the purpose of program admission consideration. No persons outside the University are provided this information.

Program Requirements

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