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Receiving your IMSE OG Certification ensures that you are confident in using IMSE’s OG methodology. During the certification process, you will have an invaluable opportunity for personalized feedback from IMSE Master Instructors. IMSE OG Certification is for those who are ready to take their understanding and practice of the methodology to the next level!

IMSE Comprehensive OG Certification

This certification is ideal for educators working with students who are at a K-3 reading level, as well as those who wish to work towards an IMSE Specialist Certification (see below). 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 quiz. We are offering the live virtual PA course a few times each month. Find more information about it here. Applicants are able to 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

Step 1: Orton-Gillingham Comprehensive Training

K-3 Reading Level

This 30-hour training is a hands-on, personalized session that provides a complete understanding of IMSE's Orton-Gillingham method and the skills necessary to apply it in the classroom, small group, or one-on-one. This course focuses on phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. After participating in this training, teachers will be able to assess, evaluate, and teach children how to read, write, and spell proficiently.

View Training Course Description

Step 2: Practicum

After completing our Comprehensive Course (30 hours), participants can apply for the 50-hour practicum. 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. Participants will be required to submit benchmarking and progress monitoring data, submit reports, complete assignments and required readings, and take an exit exam upon completion of the practicum.

IMSE Certification Information Packet 

IMSE OG Specialist Certification

The IMSE Specialist Certification is comprised of completing both the IMSE Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Certification and the IMSE Intermediate Certification or Morphology Plus Certification.  Participants are required to complete one practicum at a time. You must complete the Comprehensive Certification to be eligible to apply for the Morphology Plus Practicum.

Certification Application Periods

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. Once all available practicum openings have been filled, no other applicants will be accepted.

If a practicum opening becomes available, applicants on the waitlist will be contacted on a first-come-first-serve basis. If not accepted in the current application period, all applicants including those on the waitlist, must reapply with current and updated information during the next application period.

The application period is now closed.

The next enrollment window will begin August 1st 2022 at 9 a.m. EST.

For More Information

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, please email us at for an information packet or call 800-646-9788 to speak with one of our consultants.

Ohio Residents

IMSE can support Ohio educators in meeting the Ohio requirements for K-3 teachers and District/Site Specialists.

K-3 Teachers: 
As an IDA accredited program, per the Dyslexia Committee’s Guidebook, Ohio K-3 educators can accomplish their required professional development training in the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy by completing either IMSE’s 30-hr Comprehensive (Grades K-2/3) OR 30 hr Intermediate training (Grades 3-5). If you have already completed one of those two IMSE courses, you have successfully met the requirement.

District/Site Intervention Specialists:
One path to meeting the requirement for Ohio’s district/site specialist, per the Dyslexia Committee’s Guidebook, is obtaining the CERI’s (Center for Effective Reading Instruction) Structured Literacy Interventionist Certification. IMSE’s practicum may be used to apply for CERI’s Structured Literacy Interventionist certification.

Educators that complete one IMSE practicum may apply for the CERI Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist Certificate.
2022 Practicum graduate path to CERI Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist Certificate
Path for teachers that completed the practicum prior to 2022

Educators that complete both practicums may apply for the CERI Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist Certificate.
CERI Specialist Track

Utah Residents

Certification requirements for Utah Residents are slightly different than for other states. If you live in Utah and are interested in going through the IMSE Certification program, please review the information packets below. If you have further questions, please contact us at for more information.

Utah Tier II Information Packet (772.7 KB)

Utah Tier III Information Packet (639.8 KB)

CERI Certification

The Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) is the certifying subsidiary of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Upon completion of the practicum with IMSE, educators are prepared to take the Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI) and qualify for CERI Certification.

 Coming soon! IMSE Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham and Orton-Gillingham Plus Fidelity Certificate Course

This Fidelity Certificate course will be available as a self-paced, 15-hour course with quizzes, additional implementation guidance, videos with strategies being used with students, and more. 

Price: $375


  • The IMSE Fidelity Certificate course provides support in implementing IMSE Comprehensive/ Comprehensive Plus OG strategies with fidelity. 
  • Educators will be provided with videos that take a deeper dive into the strategies they learned in the training. They will see the strategies implemented with students in a variety of settings and receive information about how to organize materials, implement IMSE with a district’s reading program, create centers, and receive additional engaging activities to implement in the classroom. 
  • Educators will be provided with articles and information that will help them support their students in meeting their literacy goals. 
  • Participants will be invited to join a private IMSE certification social media group where they can ask questions, share ideas, and build a community. IMSE instructors monitor the group and provide support, resources, and suggestions. 
  • Graduates will receive a certificate that indicates they have completed this post-training course and that IMSE has verified the educator has the knowledge needed to implement IMSE strategies with fidelity. Parents and Districts can be confident that the educator has the knowledge required to implement IMSE OG with fidelity and to help students meet their literacy goals. 
  • Districts may accept these 15 hours of professional development towards their master inservice plan.


Am I eligible to enroll in the IMSE Fidelity Certificate Course?  

Participants need to have completed the IMSE comprehensive or comprehensive plus course to enroll in the IMSE Fidelity Certificate course. There are no other prerequisites.

How long will the course take? 

This is a self-paced course that will take approximately 15 hours. Educators may work at their own pace and choose when to complete each module. 

What will be required? 

Educators will view videos and read information related to each strategy that was presented in the comprehensive/comprehensive plus course. Teachers will respond to questions and complete quizzes related to each topic. Teachers will be required to obtain a passing score in order to complete each module. If teachers do not receive a passing score, they will be guided to additional resources and permitted two more attempts.  All modules must be completed in order to receive the IMSE Fidelity Certificate. 

How Much Does the Fidelity Certificate Course cost? 


If participants decide to apply for the practicum in the future, will the hours for the fidelity certificate count? Can the fees paid for the Fidelity Certificate Course be applied to the practicum? 

Yes, participants may apply the hours to the IMSE practicum if the participant applies within two years of completing the IMSE Fidelity Certificate. Likewise, participants can apply the $375 fee towards the practicum fees. 

The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education reserves the right to change curricula, rules, fees, and other requirements, of whatever type, for the betterment of the practicum, without prior notice.

Upon completion of the practicum, candidates are not qualified nor permitted to teach other educators/instructors on how to implement IMSE’s OG. All materials are copyrighted and solely owned by IMSE. Unlawful use of the materials is prohibited.

For further questions regarding the practicum, please contact us.