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


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).

ALTA video on dyslexia

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 Education Programs at 719-389-6472 or dmortenson@coloradocollege.edu.

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