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    Program Summary

    The Master of Arts in Teaching Dyslexia Specialist degree 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.

    Watch this video for more details on the Colorado College Dyslexia Specialist MAT program


    Scheduling that works for educators

    • 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

    Certifications & Endorsements

    Two levels are available to individuals who have completed coursework, teaching hours and observations:

    Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) National Certification
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    • Certified Academic Language Therapist (upon completion of all requirements and passing the Academic Language Therapy Association Competency Exam at the Therapy level)
    • Certified Academic Language Practitioner (upon completion of all requirements and passing the Academic Language Therapy Association Competency Exam at the Practitioner level)

    Colorado Department of Education Endorsements

    • Reading Teacher Endorsement (after first year)
    • Reading Specialist Endorsement (after second year and completion of all requirements)

    Dyslexia Specialist 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

    The Colorado College Master of Arts in Teaching Dyslexia Specialist is a graduate program administered by the CC Department of Education to prepare literacy specialists.  Our program is designed for educators seeking to learn the most effective, evidence-based strategies for reading instruction, and consists of two years of intensive coursework and supervised practicum.  Nationally recognized and academically rigorous, the program prepares its graduates to teach learners who struggle with reading, including those with dyslexia and related disorders.

    Watch this informational video