Professional Development


Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Instructor Training

*Certified by the Orton-Gillingham Academy

Prerequisite: OG Classroom Educator from OGA

We train over 50 educators every year in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Orton-Gillingham is a proven language-based method for teaching students with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, to read and write.

This Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Instructor Training is comprised of OG Associate Coursework (30 hours) and an optional OG Associate Practicum.

Upcoming OG Associate Level Course

  • July 11-14, 2022 – 8:00am – 4:30pm at Fraser Academy, 2294 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Early registration is advised.

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The OGA Orton-Gillingham Training Course (Associate Level) has 2 Parts: coursework and practicum.

The training consists of high-quality training in structured, multisensory language instruction that extends from basic phonics, reading, writing and spelling to higher level word attack and writing skills.

It is geared towards educators or reading intervention specialists who teach both elementary and secondary school students with dyslexia and other language-related learning disabilities.

This approach also gives participants the opportunity to learn the structure of written English through systematic and multisensory teaching techniques.

Our next available course will be offered this summer: July 11-14, 2022

Feel free to contact Melanie Davda at with any questions regarding this Orton-Gillingham course.

Early registration is advised.

Following the successful completion of the OG Associate Coursework, students may participate in a supervised OG Associate Practicum leading to a membership at the Associate Level in the Orton-Gillingham Academy.

To learn more about the OG practicum, please contact Melanie Davda at

The Orton-Gillingham Academy was established to set and maintain professional and ethical standards for the practice of the Orton-Gillingham Approach, to certify teachers and to accredit instructional programs that meet these standards. View more.

Colleen Chow, Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy, NILD Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (PCET), has been a Learning Specialist at Fraser Academy since 2008 and is currently the Director of Learning Services. Ms. Chow is also a certified Dyslexia Therapist.

Ellen O’Brien, Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy, has worked in Learning Services and as a classroom teacher at Fraser Academy since 2010. Ms. O’Brien is certified by the International Dyslexic Association (IDA), and a Level 1 NILD Educational Therapist.

  • Proof of completion – OG Classroom Educator from OGA (Orton-Gillingham Academy)
  • A Bachelor’s Degree

All coursework takes place at Fraser Academy, 2294 W 10th Ave (at Vine) in Vancouver.

What is the application process for your OG course?

  • We process applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces in the course are limited.
  • Upon receiving a complete application package, we will review it and if all of the prerequisites are met and we are able to offer you a space, you will be notified of your acceptance via email.

What can I expect the format of the OG Tutor Training Coursework to be?

  • The OG Associate Coursework is the foundation-level course in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Classes provide hands-on opportunities to learn the structure of the English language and practice multisensory techniques for teaching reading, spelling, and handwriting. Presentations include lectures, multisensory experiences and teaching demonstrations.

What is the workload like outside of class time for the Part 1 Associate Coursework?

  • Homework requirements include reviewing the course notes in preparation for daily quizzes.

What topics are covered in the OG Tutor Training?

The OG Associate Coursework includes the following topics:

  • Dyslexia and reading disorders
  • History of the English Language
  • Morphology instruction in an OG Lesson
  • Vocabulary development
  • Diagnostic and prescriptive instruction
  • Grammar and elements of a sentence/sentence types
  • Expository Writing (basic paragraph)
  • Formal and Informal Assessment
  • Teaching Self-Monitoring Skills
  • 1:1 Lesson Planning and Implementation
  • The Academy structure and requirements

Will I get a certificate upon completion of the OG tutor training?

  • You will receive a letter indicating that you have completed the coursework. Associate Certification is available pursuant to completing the Associate Practicum under an AOGPE fellow.

Can I begin to tutor once I have completed the OG tutor training course?

  • The OG coursework contains the theory behind the Orton-Gillingham approach as well as the content that needs to be taught to students to remediate a language-based learning disability. Ideally, all students will take the Associate Practicum to learn to implement the theory taught during the course.

What is the job market like for OG tutors?

  • There are three Orton-Gillingham schools in the Lower Mainland, and numerous private tutoring agencies that prefer OG-certified tutors. Additionally, there is a demand for private OG tutors.

How To Apply

Please submit an application package that contains the following via our online form:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Current resume
  • $100 non-refundable processing fee (see below for payment options). Note: the OG Associate Course application fee will be waived if applied for in conjunction with the OG Classroom Educator Course.

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

We will review your application upon receipt and notify you by email of your acceptance into the course.

Part 1 – Associate Coursework

Costs for the Orton-Gillingham Tutor Training Course (Associate Level) are:

  • $100 non-refundable processing fee (includes criminal records check).
  • $950 ($850 instruction + $100 materials). You are required to pay the full coursework tuition fee at the time of acceptance in order to complete registration.

As of the application deadline, all course fees are non-refundable.

Part 2 – Associate Practicum

Completion of the Associate Practicum requires 10 observations over a period of at least 8 months. Please contact us directly for addition details. Space is limited.

Payment Options
  • Interac e-transfer to the email address (no security answer is necessary).
  • Credit card at (this option incurs a 2.85% administration fee charged by Plastiq).
  • Online banking with BMO, HSBC, Scotiabank, or any credit union by setting Fraser Academy Association as the payee and using your first name and last initial (in upper-case letters and without space) as the account number.

If you have any questions, please email Melanie Davda at