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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.

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

Upcoming MAT - Dyslexia Specialist Information Sessions on Zoom


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

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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)

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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 

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

Last updated: 01/13/2021