Skip to main content

Master of Arts in Teaching - Dyslexia Specialist

The Master of Arts in Teaching - Dyslexia Specialist degree is a graduate program administered by the Colorado College. 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. Class of 2020

Watch this video for an overview of the Colorado College Dyslexia Specialist MAT program

Recording of Thursday, January 28, 2021 Information Session

New Continuing Education Summer Course

Administering and Interpreting Academic Assessments
July 19-23, 2021. Apply Here (you will need to create a user account)

This week-long course provides a comprehensive research-based view of academic assessments. Students become familiar with the characteristics of learning disabilities and coexisting disorders, gain an overview of statistical concepts, and learn the basic theories of assessment.


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

Alta Logo1.1

Completion of this program may lead to national professional certification as a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) or Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) by the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA).

Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) National Certification

  • Certified Academic Language Therapist (upon completion of all requirements after Year 2 and passing the Academic Language Therapy Association Competency Exam for Multisensory Structured Language Education at the Therapy level)
  • Certified Academic Language Practitioner (upon completion of all requirements after Year 1 and passing the Academic Language Therapy Association Competency Exam for Multisensory Structured Language Education 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)

2014AccreditedProgramLogo

Dyslexia Specialist Trainees will gain an understanding of:

  • Structures of written English and the science of reading
  • Instructional strategies and methods (multisensory, systematic, cumulative, direct, diagnostic)
  • Progress monitoring for accuracy and fluency, and
  • Dyslexia, related written-language disorders, and identification of specific learning differences 

Related Links:

Questions or Concerns Regarding Admission? Please contact Debra Yazulla Mortenson, Director of Teacher Educator Programs at 719-389-6472 or dmortenson@coloradocollege.edu.

Report an issue - Last updated: 05/15/2021