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Communication sciences and disorders offers interdisciplinary certificate in dyslexia

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

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Through a new partnership forged by Oklahoma State University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences, OSU is offering a certificate in dyslexia.  

The 17-credit online certificate is designed to offer more accessible and flexible training to fill a gap in understanding dyslexia, enhancing professionals’ marketability and fostering advocacy in alignment with the university’s One Health initiative.  

The four courses taught by communication sciences and disorders faculty will establish a foundation for the science behind dyslexia.    

“Offering an online, interdisciplinary certificate in dyslexia aims to empower a wide range of stakeholders,” said Dr. Ramesh Kaipa, CDIS department head. “The program will equip participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to support individuals with dyslexia effectively, ultimately leading to better educational outcomes and a more inclusive society.” 

STLES will offer three courses in the certificate from literacy and special education perspectives.  

The School of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Sciences is excited to partner with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for this interdisciplinary work,” said Dr. Stephanie Hathcock, interim head of the school. “This certificate has the potential to extend the knowledge base and actions of a host of professionals who encounter dyslexia in their work and ultimately, lead to better outcomes for those with dyslexia.” 

Kaipa said offering opportunities to educators and parents allows for a deeper collaboration at home and in the classroom in support of students with dyslexia.   

“By better understanding and addressing dyslexia, educators can help close achievement gaps and promote educational equity,” Kaipa said. “Parents of children with dyslexia can benefit from increased awareness and understanding, leading to better advocacy and support for their children's educational needs.” 

To learn more about the certificate, contact Kaipa ( or Hathcock (

Story By: Erin Weaver, CAS Communications Coordinator |

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