‚ÄčIf you are a Speech-Language Pathologist, an Educator, or any professional wanting to develop an expertise in identifying and treating literacy disorders to reach all students, this new certificate is for you.

About the Certificate

This 18-credit hour certificate is designed for degree-seeking students of any major and non-degree-seeking students who desire to offer high-quality literacy services using evidence-based instruction and interventions to students with reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

This is a joint partnership between The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions Communication Sciences and Disorders program and the College of Education and Human Services Teacher and Professional Development program.

This certificate is designed for the working professional. Some courses are offered on-campus, some are offered online, and some are a blend of both, hybrid.

Required Courses

Courses must be taken in the order listed starting in the fall semester.

  • CSD 512 Supporting Students with Literacy Disorders (hybrid)
  • EDU 540 Literacy: Theory and Practice (online)
  • EDU 531 Assessment, Instruction, and Intervention in Reading (for Educators, online) OR SLP 720 Assessment of Literacy Disorders (for SLPs, hybrid)
  • EDU 537 Knowledge of Diverse Readers, Including Dyslexia (online)
  • EDU 533 Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Difficulties (hybrid)
  • CSD 595 Literacy Clinical Practicum (hybrid)

Application/Retention Requirements

You must live in the state of Michigan to apply.

Must have a bachelor's degree and a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Apply online. Select "Graduate Student" on CMU's Main Campus. There is a $50 registration fee. Current CMU students should select "pay later" and the fee will be waived.

Current tuition rates can be found on the CMU website.

At this time, financial aid is not available.

To stay in the certificate program, you must maintain a 3.0 GPA with no grades less than a B in the certificate classes.


For any additional questions, please contact:

Dr. Katie Squires, Communication Sciences and Disorders 


Dr. Betsy VanDeusen, Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development