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    Master of Arts in Teaching Literacy Specialist (MAT)

    The Master of Arts in Teaching Literacy 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 Literacy 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

    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)

    Literacy 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