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Certification Programs


IMSE's Certification Program Takes Literacy Education Commitment to the Next Level

You've completed your IMSE training, so now what? IMSE offers three tiers of certification to make sure you are bringing your IMSE Orton-Gillingham teaching to the next level.

Pursuing your IMSE Fidelity Certificate, IMSE Orton-Gillingham Certification, or to become an IMSE Orton-Gillingham Instructor for your school district is a process that benefits anyone in the education field who teaches literacy: both general and special education teachers, ESL and EL teachers, speech language pathologists, reading specialists, tutors, and more.

Learn more about what each certification has to offer below!


  • IMSE OG Certified
  • 150 hours of additional instructor training


  • 6-12 month practicum (120 hours)
  • Enrollment opens August 1st
  • For Literacy Specialists, Tutors
    & Interventionists


  • 15-hr asychronous course
  • Available year-round
  • For IMSE Trained Educators


             See How IMSE Is So Much More

What Is Your Next Step with IMSE?

IMSE offers a variety of certifications to educators who take part in an IMSE or IMSE
Impact training. Educators can choose to pursue their Fidelity Certificate, participate in a
practicum for the IMSE Impact Orton-Gillingham Certification, or go through IMSE's
District Instructor Program. Please read the certification descriptions below to find one
that is appropriate for you.

Fidelity Certificate

The IMSE Fidelity 15-hr asynchronous course will take a deeper dive into each IMSE OG strategy. Participants will see videos of these strategies implemented with students in a variety of settings and gain the knowledge needed to implement IMSE OG strategies with fidelity.
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IMSE Orton-Gillingham Certification

IMSE OG Certification includes a 6-12 month practicum for those who want to take their understanding and practice of the methodology to the next level. OG Certification is also for educators looking to be a leader in their school or district.
Become OG Certified

District Instructor Program

Help bring IMSE Impact to your school district with our District Instructor Program. Complete IMSE's training process and become qualified to train other educators in your district in IMSE Impact programs.
Become an IMSE District Instructor

Obtain Your IMSE Fidelity Certificate

After completing this post training course, graduates will receive a certificate that
indicates IMSE has verified you have the knowledge needed to implement IMSE strategies
with fidelity. Parents and Districts can be confident that you have the knowledge required
to implement IMSE OG with fidelity and to help your students meet their literacy goals.

IMSE Fidelity Certificate - $375

The IMSE Fidelity course will take a deeper dive into each IMSE OG strategy.
Teachers will see these strategies implemented with students in a variety of settings.

This course will support educators with organization, implementing IMSE with their district's reading program, creating learning centers, and ways to differentiate in order to meet the needs of all learners. Likewise, this course will provide more in-depth information about dyslexia.

Since participants will be tested on each module, this course will also assure that the participant has the knowledge needed to implement IMSE OG strategies with fidelity.

Participants are required to obtain a passing score to complete each module. All modules must be completed in order to receive the IMSE Fidelity Certificate.

Your district may accept these 15 hours of professional development towards their master inservice plan. Participants are eligible to apply/purchase one hour of graduate credit through Ashland University in Ohio.


  • Complete Comprehensive or Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Plus Training


  • Educators who want to expand their IMSE OG proficiency


  • 15 hours


  • Videos about the strategies learned in IMSE training
  • Articles and information
  • Access to a private IMSE certification social media group to ask questions, share ideas, and build a community


  • Certificate of completion
  • 15 hours professional development

After purchasing your IMSE Fidelity Course, you will be able to access your course by logging into your IMSE account and clicking on Fidelity Certificate. Then click on Open Fidelity Course. This will take you to your course.

Purchase Fidelity Course

Become IMSE Orton-Gillingham (OG) Certified

When you decide to become certified in IMSE's Orton-Gillingham, you are making a
lifelong investment in your student's literacy education and adding a rich layer of
expertise to your teaching skills. During the practicum, participants will develop lesson
plans, be observed, and have a one-on-one coach while using the IMSE OG methodology in
their classroom, small group or individual student. This practicum is for those who wish
to take their Fidelity Certificate to the next level

IMSE Orton-Gillingham Certification - $1975

The IMSE Orton-Gillingham practicum provides support in implementing IMSE OG strategies with fidelity. During the practicum, you will be able to ask questions, receive resources, and receive feedback as you implement Orton-Gillingham strategies with your students. Graduates will be listed on the IMSE website as a certified IMSE OG educator/tutor and have the opportunity to be listed on the Learning Ally website as an OG certified educator/tutor.

Participants who have ONLY taken Morphology Plus are not eligible for an IMSE practicum unless a participant has already been CERTIFIED in the Comprehensive Practicum.

Educators who complete one practicum may use their practicum to apply for the CERI Structured Dyslexia Interventionist Certificate. Graduates may have opportunities to apply to be an IMSE instructor, practicum supervisor, or district practicum supervisor. 



Comprehensive/Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Plus practicum

Participants must have completed the Comprehensive course or Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Plus and the Phonological Awareness course.  The PA course is offered as a live virtual course or as an asynchronous course.  If you choose to take it asynchronously, you are required to pass a quiz in order to receive a certificate of completion.  Applicants will get two chances to pass the asynchronous PA course quiz.  We are offering the live virtual PA course a few times each month.   Participants can purchase the asynchronous course and complete it at their convenience.

Participants who have completed a minimum of 12.5 hours of phonological instruction through a college-level course or different program may apply for a waiver for the IMSE PA course requirement.  Waiver applicants will be required to pass a phonological awareness quiz.  Please see a link to the waiver form below.  Email the completed form to

Waiver Request form

Intermediate practicum 

Participants must have completed the Intermediate course.

Participants who have ONLY taken Morphology Plus are not eligible for an IMSE practicum unless a participant has already been certified in the Comprehensive Practicum. If participants have already completed the Comprehensive practicum, the Morphology Plus course may be used to apply for a second practicum for the IMSE Specialist certification.

Specialist certification 

Participants who complete the Comprehensive/Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Plus practicum and the Intermediate/Morphology Plus practicum will receive an IMSE Specialist certification.  Participants must work with at least three students with heterogeneous needs (three total during the two practicums).  During their second practicum, teachers are required to work with a focus student and at least one additional student.

Required Documents:

  • Possess either a current and valid teaching certificate (or another educational licensure) or a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in education (teaching, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social work, psychology)
  • Proof of current employment in an education setting with background checks
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Administrator or supervisor
    • Co-worker or parent of a student
  • Completion of a literacy knowledge quiz before submitting an application

*If a candidate has a Bachelor’s degree but does not meet all of the above requirements, they may contact and request a waiver form. 


Participants must apply within 24 months of completing the required training. 


  • Educators who wish to be Orton-Gillingham leaders in their school
  • Educators looking to be CERI Certified


  • 6-12 months (120 hours of additional course and field work)


  • Complete 25 weekly lesson plans (submitting one per week), that reflect a minimum of two hours of direct instruction per week
  • Administer ongoing progress monitoring
  • Write and submit an assessment report(s) on your student(s)
  • Complete Learning Outcomes as well as required readings
  • Pass the KPEERI exam


  • One year subscription to Interactive OG and the online refresher


  • Certificate of completion
  • 120 hours of professional development
  • Listed on the IMSE website as a certified IMSE OG educator/tutor
  • An opportunity to be listed on the Learning Ally website as an OG certified educator/tutor


IMSE only offers one application period for certification. Once the maximum number of applications have been received, all other applicants will be put on a waitlist for the current application period only. 

Open Application Period:
August 1st through Sept. 30th

Enrollment is now closed for 2022.  Letters of acceptance will be sent October 15th. 

If you have completed one of our courses, are interested in going through the optional IMSE certification process and have further questions about how to apply, the process, or the practicum, download the complete practicum information packet below. If you have any further questions, please email us at for an information packet or call 800-646-9788 to speak with one of our consultants.

Download Full Practicum Information Packet                                       Become OG Certified


Path to Certification for Ohio and Utah Residents

Certification requirements for Ohio and Utah Residents are slightly different than
for other states. Learn more about how you could become certified in
Orton-Gillingham by clicking your state below.

Ohio Residents                                                                         Utah Residents

Become an IMSE District Instructor

There are many academic and financial benefits for a school district to have a qualified
IMSE Orton-Gillingham Master Instructor on staff.

IMSE District Instructor - $4750

The possibilities for your district are endless with an on-staff IMSE District Instructor.

Your school district is responsible for choosing a potential candidate that is considered the elite in your district and who has experience training, leading, and mentoring teachers.

IMSE will conduct interviews that include references for the Instructor Candidate. IMSE will determine whether or not the Instructor Candidate is eligible to go through the training phases.


  • Master's degree or higher in an educational field of study
  • Current and valid teaching license
  • IMSE Orton-Gillingham Certified


  • District-selected teachers who will be bringing IMSE’s Impact programs to their teachers


  • 6-12 months after completion of certification


  • Making a long-term investment in educators and students
  • Ensuring program fidelity and accuracy    
  • Mentoring fellow teachers who have been IMSE OG trained
  • Becoming an IMSE OG accredited school district
  • Having an IMSE Master Instructor on staff for IEP meetings
  • Receiving reduced rates for future trainings
  • Having a Practicum Supervisor on staff    
  • Providing refresher and consultations on-site free of charge


Become an IMSE District Instructor

Become an IMSE Instructor

Are you passionate about teaching IMSE's Orton-Gillingham? Are you eager to increase
literacy in our children? Do you want to make a bigger impact in the world? If so, consider
becoming an IMSE Orton-Gillingham Instructor.

IMSE Instructor

Our instructors are passionate educators who love bringing IMSE's Orton-Gillingham training to all educators.

If you are looking for opportunities to expand your impact, travel to new places, and increase your income, the IMSE Instructor program may be right for you. 

If you are interested and have the below qualifications, send us your resume. We are always looking for talented, passionate teachers to join our team.


  • Certified in IMSE's Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham or IMSE's Intermediate Orton-Gillingham.
  • Master's degree or higher in an educational field of study
  • Current and valid teaching license
  • Engaging personality and comfortable with public speaking.

If you are ready to join IMSE’s mission of bringing Orton-Gillingham to all educators, send your resume to or fill out the form here.

Become an IMSE Instructor

Path to CERI Certifications

As of 1/1/2022 IMSE is listed as an approved IDA accredited program on CERI's Certification application page.

Structured Literacy Dyslexia Inteventionist Certification

Participants who complete either the IMSE Comprehensive/Comprehensive OG+ practicum or the IMSE Intermediate practicum may apply for CERI's Structured LIteracy Dyslexia Interventionist Certificate.  Those that completed their IMSE certification after 1/1/2022 may use the standard application to apply.  Those that completed the IMSE practicum prior to 2022 must use the alternate route.  

Structured Literacy Dylexia Specialist Certification

Participants that complete the IMSE OG Specialist certification are eligible to apply for the Center for Effective Reading’s Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist Certificate. Those that complete the IMSE OG Specialist certification in 2022 or after, may use CERI’s standard application for the Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist Certificate. Those that completed the IMSE OG Specialist certificate prior to 2022 must use the alternate route application.

*Alternate route applications must be submitted between July 1st and September 30th.