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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.

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

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