Skip to main content area Skip to institutional navigation Skip to sub-navigation

Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program (LISCP)

LISCP Information Sessions

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year.

For graduating LISCP students:

Capstone Information Session on GS551

Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 4:00-5:00 at the Mierow House

Please contact Kara Taber, kara.taber@coloradocollege.edu, if you are an educator interested in applying for admission to the 2018 Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program.

Mierow House
Colorado College
1107 N Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO  80903


The Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program is a graduate program administered by the Colorado College in partnership with The Colorado Literacy and Learning Center. This intensive two-year training program is for individuals seeking to learn the most effective, research-based strategies of reading instruction, including instruction for students with dyslexia and related disorders.

Colorado Literacy and Learning Center

Scheduling that Works for Educators

  • 23 credit hours / 5.5 CC units over two years
  • Courses run full time during the first and second summers, and once a month during the academic year between summers.
  • Credit hours can be applied to CC's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, which can be completed in one additional summer.

Certification and Endorsements

Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) National Certification

  • Two levels are available to individuals who have completed coursework, teaching hours and observations: Dyslexia Therapist Certificate and/or Dyslexia Teaching Level Certificate.

Colorado Department of Education Endorsements

  • Reading Teacher Endorsement (after first year)
  • Reading Specialist Endorsement (after second year)

LISCP Trainees Will Gain an Understanding of:

  • Structures of written English and five components of reading
  • Instructional strategies and methods (simultaneous multisensory, systematic, cumulative, direct instruction, diagnostic teaching, synthetic and analytic instruction)
  • Progress monitoring for accuracy and fluency, and
  • Dyslexia, related written-language disorders, and identification of specific learning differences

LISCP Accreditations

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

The Colorado Literacy and Learning Center’s Reading Intervention Program is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) as a center meeting the IDA “Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.”

IDA logoIDA standards provide research-supported documentation of what every teacher ought to know and be able to demonstrate, whether they are teaching dyslexic students, other struggling readers or the general student population. 

Colorado College's LISCP meets the International Dyslexia Association's “Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.”

International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC)

IMSLEC logoColorado College's Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program is the only training course in the state of Colorado accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).