Orton-Gillingham Training & Curriculum

Fundamental Learning offers the following courses that lead to all levels of Membership with the Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA). All training programs by Fundamental Learning are taught by an Accredited Training Fellow and meet or exceed the standards set by the Orton-Gillingham Academy as well as the International Dyslexia Association Knowledge and Practice Standards.


The Fundamentals course is the prerequisite course for all O-G training with Fundamental Learning

Classroom Educator






What is the Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA)?

The Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA) is a certifying and accrediting body dedicated to upholding the highest professional and ethical standards for the practice of the Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach for the treatment of dyslexia. OG is an approach that prepares the practitioner to individualize instruction to meet the specific needs of each learner.

The Academy has deep roots. It was established by its Founding Fellows, who were either trained directly by Dr. Samuel Orton,  Anna Gillingham, Bessie Stillman, June Lyday Orton, Paula Rome or other individuals trained by the previously mentioned individuals. The Academy trains people to use the Orton-Gillingham Approach with students of any age—pre-k through adult. We do not follow a set scope and sequence. What is important is that the teacher/tutor understand how to use and implement the OG teaching techniques and procedures. It involves how to teach/remediate all areas of literacy, not just reading and spelling and to provide this instruction one-on-one, in a classroom, or with any size group. We provide not only the knowledge-base with our coursework but also the practical experience and support learning how to apply the knowledge-base.

One of the primary ways the Academy pursues its mission is through a practitioner Certification Program validating rigorous training standards set forth by the Academy. Upon completion of Academy training with a Fellow, an applicant submits specific credentials and documentation that are reviewed against these criteria and standards set by the Academy at four different levels of certification. 

OGA Levels of Membership

The membership levels in the Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA) reflect a graduated range of coursework that increases in depth and breadth of literacy knowledge. Each course follows the OGA Curriculum Standards and the OGA Principles. Membership at each level requires participants to successfully complete designated coursework; a supervised practicum at the Classroom Educator, Associate, Certified, and FIT levels; and an application and acceptance by the OGA.

Subscriber Membership: (one may apply after Fundamentals training is completed)
Subscriber Members have taken an introductory level course (minimum of 6 hours, by a Fellow) that provides a basic understanding of the nature of dyslexia, the history of the OGA, the science, rationale, and structure of the OG Approach. *Subscriber Members are not certified by the OGA to teach or tutor students in the OG Approach.

For more information, visit the Orton-Gillingham Academy website.