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NILD Educational Therapy Level I Course

NILD Educational Therapy Level I Course
Level I is an introduction to the general field of learning disabilities and provides foundational training in the philosophy and techniques of NILD Educational Therapy®. This course prepares participants to begin giving educational therapy as interns. (All NILD educational therapists are considered interns until certification).

Download NILD Level I Course Syllabus – Regent University

Download NILD Level I Course Syllabus – Southeastern University


  • Consists of four weeks of online work followed by one week of classroom instruction (residency). Note that the online portion of the course is hosted by either Regent University or Southeastern University (SEU). Even though these courses are hosted on Regent and SEU online platforms you do not need to enroll in these universities. However, both universities offer a graduate credit option for NILD Levels I, II and III courses and Master’s Degree Programs in NILD Educational Therapy that do require a separate enrollment process (click the link for more information).
  • Through NILD’s range of courses and workshops you can obtain continuing education credits as you seek to meet the needs of your students. Additionally, NILD Level I, II and III courses can put you on track for becoming a Professionally Certified NILD Educational Therapist (PCET)! Click here for steps to certification.
  • Click on the below buttons to access the course syllabus. If your course is hosted by SEU then use the SEU version of the syllabus. Please read the syllabus carefully as there are required textbooks and materials that must be purchased through NILD and others that are only available from third parties.
  • Daily schedule for residency (classroom instruction) week for all NILD Level I courses held in the United States is 8am – 5pm Monday through Thursday and 8am – 12pm on Friday. Please note that the online and residency components for each course location can not be separated and matched with online or residency components of other locations.


Equips the beginning educational therapist with the tools used to identify and assess student’s learning needs, and prepare the beginning educational therapist to create and implement individual educational therapy plans utilizing the NILD techniques specific to educational goals for student.  Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of NILD philosophy and methodology.
2. Describe NILD’s comprehensive approach that develops learning through perception, academics, cognition and emotions.
3. Explain the differences between NILD methodology and tutoring.
4. Understand how reading, math and spelling can be impacted by improving cognitive functioning.
5. Identify learning challenges and apply specific tools to develop and enhance thinking skills.
6. Design an educational therapy program according to the strengths and vulnerabilities determined by assessment and implement an effective intervention program based on the NILD techniques.
7. Begin to learn how to assess students annually.
8. Develop literacy skills in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics and syllabication.

No Training Currently Scheduled

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in education or related field.
  • Pre-Assignments: Prior to beginning the course, observe a live or recorded NILD Educational Therapy® session.
  • Course textbooks and materials are required (see syllabus for more information)

No Training Currently Scheduled

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