Professional Development

Orton-Gillingham Instructor Training
(Associate Level)

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

This Orton-Gillingham Instructor Training is comprised of Associate Coursework (70-hours) and an Associate Practicum.

*Certified by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, an internationally recognized institution operating out of North America.

The AOGPE Orton-Gillingham Training Course (Associate Level) has 2 Parts: Associate Coursework and Associate 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.

Registration is Open – *Offered Remotely*

Winter Course (Online): January 20 – February 27, 2021; Wednesdays & Saturdays 

Summer Course (Online): July 5-16, 2021; Weekdays

Schedule: Please contact Melanie Davda at for further details on course times or with any other questions regarding this course.

Details are subject to change due to any unexpected interruptions due to COVID-19.

Early registration is advised.



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

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

The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators is unique in being the only organization established and authorized expressly 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.

Colleen Chow, AOGPE Fellow-in-Training, 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, AOGPE Fellow-in-Training, 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.

Karen Leopold, MS Ed, an Accredited Training Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE), oversees this course.

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • Fluency in the English language
  • Experience working with children
  • Subscriber Membership at the AOGPE.

All coursework takes place at Fraser Academy, 2294 W 10th Ave (at Vine) in Vancouver, or, online for remotely offered courses.

What is the application process for your 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 Associate Coursework is the foundation-level course in the OG 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 Associate Coursework includes the following topics:

  • Dyslexia and reading disorders
  • The rationale of the Orton-Gillingham approach
  • Phonology & phonological awareness
  • Basic and intermediate phonics for reading and spelling
  • History of the English Language
  • Morphology
  • Vocabulary
  • Assessment and diagnostic teaching
  • Reading comprehension and fluency
  • Grammar and elements of a sentence/sentence types
  • Expository Writing (basic paragraph to essay)
  • The Academy structure and requirements

Will I get a certificate upon completion of the 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. Email Colleen Chow at for further details.

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

  • The 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 OG 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
  • Handwritten Letter of Introduction
  • Two letters of reference, work-related (including information about professionalism, character, ability to work with children, and any previous tutoring experience).
  • Copy of your Subscriber Membership Certificate from AOGPE
  • $100 non-refundable processing. You can pay online via Plastiq (2.85% admin fee) or by cheque, made out to Fraser Academy.

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).
  • $1,445 ($995 instruction + $450 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. The cost is $200 per observation.

Payment Options
  • Interac e-transfer to the email address (no security answer is necessary).
  • Cheque payable to Fraser Academy and mailed to 2294 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6K 2H8.
  • 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