Dyslexic Studies

Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia

The Center operates as a unit attached to the College of Education at Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to the director, the staff includes an assistant director for educational services, an assistant director for clinical services, an assistant director for adolescent services, and two support persons.

Dr. James L. (Jim) Herman, Director
200 North Baird Lane

Our Services

The Center staff can provide professional development in the areas of reading, dyslexia and other reading difficulties for the following:

  • School Psychologists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Title I Teachers and Assistants
  • Resource and Inclusion  
  • Teachers and Assistants
  • General Education Teachers
  • Supervisors and Administrators
  • Families and Community Groups

Professional workshops for educators focus on identifying and educating students with dyslexia in K-12 programs. The Center can provide half day (3 hours) or full day (6 hours) workshops.

Diagnostic services are available to K-12 students. School personnel, parents or guardians, or high school students who are 18 years of age or older may contact the Center to request services.

Consulting services are available to school personnel, professionals in private or community-based practice, parents or guardians, and students. Consultants at the Center for Dyslexia assist in decision-making regarding assessment, diagnosis, and instructional programming.

MTSU class presentations are provided by staff members at the invitation of University faculty (psychology, speech/language, and all areas of professional education).

Our Research

Center research has included the following topics:

  • Students' progress in phonological awareness and reading intervention
  • How spelling errors relate to dyslexia
  • Early indicators of dyslexia
  • Family history and dyslexia
  • Outcomes for students with dyslexia in school-based programs

Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies
The Katherine Davis Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies, a professorship in the College of Education, was established in 1989. The Murfree Chair's purpose is to build public awareness about dyslexia and promising approaches to diagnosis and intervention, enhance the skills of educators and parents to identify and assist students with dyslexia, and contribute to the research base regarding cause and educational interventions.

Dyslexic Studies

Continuing Education Units

Earn 4 CEUs and learn about dyslexia!  The following course is offered through MTSU University College.  (There is no college credit awarded for this course.) 
Improving Instruction for Students with Dyslexia offers an in-depth introduction to identifying and teaching students with dyslexia. The course consists of four parts or modules – identification, testing, interventions, and accommodations to support learning.  Designed by Center staff, this online/on-demand course is a convenient and professional way to learn at your own pace. Earn four (4) CEU's upon successful completion. For details go to www.dyslexiaprofdev.org.

Graduate Credit Courses

The following courses are offered through the College of Graduate Studies at MTSU and may be taken as electives in other graduate programs.

DYST 6000 – Introduction to Dyslexia (3 credit hours)
DYST 6010 – Identifying Students with Dyslexia (3 credit hours)
DYST 6011 – Interventions for Students with Dyslexia (3 credit hours)
DYST 6012 – Multisensory Teaching Strategies with Practicum (4 credit hours)
DYST 6020 – Adolescents with Dyslexia and Other Literacy Difficulties (3 credit hours)

All courses require Permission of Department to register. Please contact Dyslexic Studies at 615-898-5642 for more information.