Course Descriptions – Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota

 

Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota (OGMN) has been restructuring its curriculum to better meet the needs of participants/teachers and expedite the track for certification.  In the following paragraphs, the term “participant” refers to the individual enrolled in the OGMN course. The term “instructor” refers to the individual instructing the OGMN courses.  OGMN is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).  Professionals that are certified through OGMN are able to display the following:

  • OG-CT     Orton-Gillingham, Certified Teacher
  • OG-CTT     Orton-Gillingham, Certified Teacher Trainer

Introductory Course and Practicum:

Those interested in Orton-Gillingham (OG) training will begin with the Introductory Course and Practicum. The participants will learn strategies to teach beginning reading including phonemic awareness, phonics, and spelling using a multisensory, structured, systematic and cumulative approach plus how to use error analysis to drive instruction. The participants will create lesson plans and work with students in a supervised practicum setting.  Following this course, the participants must complete 100 hours of OG lessons with a student(s) in one-to-one or small group sessions.  Course materials are included.



Intermediate Course and Practicum:

In order to be eligible to enroll in the Intermediate Course and Practicum, a participant must complete the 100 hours tracking sheet. When requested, the participant must be able to provide a copy of the annotated lesson and corresponding student work.  Participants in this course will learn strategies to teach intermediate reading and spelling including phonics (rules), syllable types/patterns, and beginning affixes using a multisensory, structured, systematic, cumulative approach, plus how to use error analysis to drive instruction.  The participants will create lesson plans and work with students in a supervised practicum setting. Those participants, who have completed the Intermediate Course and Practicum, may be eligible to be added to the OGMN tutor referral list. Course materials are included.

Extended Practicum:

The Extended Practicum course work is required for certification.  It is also a prerequisite for the Advanced Course. During this course, the participant will work directly with an instructor mentor.  The instructor will observe the participant three times in a one-to-one setting.  After the first observation, the instructor will teach the participant roots and how to teach them.  The instructor will observe the participant teaching a root as new material. The participant will teach and at least one or more of the following concepts as new material or within the lesson: syllable types, syllabication patterns, ending rules or a different area co-determined by the instructor and participant. In the event a participant does not have 2 prior one-on-one observations, they should contact admin@ogmn.org.  Course materials will be provided. Course Fee: $1,000. (This course is designed for those particpants who have completed the Intermediate OG course in 2016 and beyond.  Those that completed OG II prior to 2016 must contact admin@ogmn.org to set up a specific plan.) Extended Practicum enrollment is open.

Additional Endorsements:

Advance Course and Practicum:

Upon successful completion of the Extended Practicum, and with the mentor’s recommendation, the teacher can enroll in the Advanced Course and Practicum. The participants will learn strategies to teach advanced reading and spelling skills including morphology, assimilative prefixes, roots, and advanced suffixes to improve fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, plus how to use error analysis to drive instruction. The participant will create lesson plans and work with students in a supervised practicum setting.

Early Learner Course and Practicum: The early learner class is intended for all Orton-Gillingham teachers. Before a student is ready to read print, there are pre-requisite skills, including alphabet awareness, phonemic awareness, rapid-automatic-naming, and fine motor that must be present. Knowing how to recognize deficits in our students is a critical aspect of our skill set. This class is appropriate for teachers who work with the earliest of learners, and also older students who are continuing to struggle to read and spell. It is an imperative class for teachers of pre-schoolers and the primary grades. This class will include lectures, lesson plan writing, and an age appropriate practicum. Skills gained will directly apply to students. The CEUs earned can be used at continuing education credit OG-CT requirements.


If you have questions regarding registration for courses, student tutorials or other general questions, please email us at  registrar@ogmn.org or call 612-314-8088.