Antioch University Midwest Receives Accreditation from International Dyslexia Association

Yellow Springs, OH, June 23, 2014 – Antioch University Midwest announces it has received accreditation from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) for its programs that prepare teachers to support and serve students with dyslexia. Antioch University Midwest is one of only eight schools in the nation to receive this accreditation in 2014.

“We are extremely pleased that the IDA has recognized the work Antioch University Midwest is doing to prepare teachers for instructing students with dyslexia. So many students face this challenge today, and we believe that accreditation from IDA speaks to the quality of our program in preparing classroom educators to have a significant positive impact in teaching students with reading difficulties such as dyslexia,” said Genya Devoe, program director.

The IDA accreditation is a recognition that Antioch University Midwest has met the standards outlined in the IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. The IDA Standards provide a framework for course content in teacher preparation programs. The Standards offer research-supported documentation of what every teacher needs to know and be able to demonstrate when they are teaching dyslexic students, and other struggling readers who want to enhance their skills.

The IDA provides accreditation every two years, and started its certification program in 2012. It accredited nine schools that first year. With the addition of eight schools this year, Antioch University Midwest is now one of only seventeen schools in the country to receive this designation.

“We are honored that the International Dyslexia Association has recognized the quality of our teacher preparation, especially as that preparation relates to teaching struggling readers,” said Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, President of Antioch University Midwest. “Reading is a foundational skill, so we take very seriously our mission to ensure that teachers are equipped to successfully educate all students.

IDA accreditation is a great recognition of our work, but it is the students who strive to reach their full potential who will benefit most.” The 15-credit program is offered throughout the year, with entry beginning in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Coursework is offered in a blended format to meet the needs of K12 classroom educators. Educators can learn more about the Dyslexia Certificate Program at AUM by contacting Genya Devoe, Program Chair, at gdevoe@antioch.edu.

Antioch University Midwest: Antioch University Midwest is one of the five campuses of Antioch University, an institution proud of serving adult learners and their specific needs for twenty-five years. Antioch University is a not for profit 501c3 multi-campus university of about 4,500 students who study at the Antioch Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, OH, and at campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Keene, New Hampshire, online and around the world.