Educator Preparation Program Accreditation



IDA is pleased to release the 2018 Program Review and Accreditation Handbook and Application for reference by programs planning to engage the IDA Program Review and Accreditation process.

Programs that intend to apply for review are encouraged to contact

Programs due for reaccreditation may submit Part I of the application and request an extension for the submission of Part II. These requests should be sent to

Notice to educator preparation programs seeking IDA accredited program PLUS status

The IDA Accreditation Review Team will conduct an audit of programs’ practicum experiences in order to determine if they are of adequate duration and structure to meet stated CERI certification requirements for either Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist certification or Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist certification. This audit will be forwarded to CERI for final review, approval, and release to applicants.

CERI will contact Program Directors in order to provide follow-up to the audit. Programs whose practicum experiences are aligned with CERI certification requirements will receive complimentary customized electronic promotional materials, such as flyers and brochures. Programs whose practicum experiences are not adequately aligned with CERI certification requirements will receive guidance on how to bring the experiences into alignment.

For questions regarding the accreditation process, please contact

For questions regarding individual certification please contact The Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) at:

A copy of the Accreditation Handbook and Application can be found here

The IDA Program Review and Accreditation initiative accept applications three times per year: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Successful applications are awarded IDA Program Accreditation for a period of five years from the date the decision letter is issued. The following calendar summarizes key submission and reporting deadlines:


  • FEES
3RD Friday: July 2nd Friday: December 1st Friday: April
DUE: COMPLETE APPLICATION (WRITTEN) 1st Friday: September 1st Friday: February 1st Friday: June
APPLICATION RELEASED TO REVIEW TEAM 2nd Friday: September 2nd Friday: February 2nd Friday: June
REVIEW COMMENCES 3rd Friday: September 3rd Friday: February 3rd Friday: June
DUE: PRACTICUM FILM AND DOCUMENTATION [1] 3RD Friday: October 3rd Friday: March 3rd Friday: July
INTERVIEWS COMMENCE 1ST Monday, November 1st Monday, April 1st Monday, August
REVIEW COMPLETE 1st Friday: December 1st Friday: May 1st Friday: September
DECISION LETTER ISSUED 2nd Friday: January 1st Friday: June 1st Friday: October

[1] For Accredited Program PLUS

Become a Reviewer

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is seeking detail-oriented reading educator preparation professionals and program faculty members, with experience applying the principles and practices of Structured Literacy to prevent reading failure and/or to remediate off-track readers (including readers with disabilities) with profiles characteristic of dyslexia, to serve as peer reviewers with an IDA Program Review and Accreditation Team.

The Program Review and Accreditation Team is tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of programs’ curriculum, practicum, and faculty qualifications in order to determine programs’ readiness to prepare educators according to the Knowledge and Practice Standards (KPS) for Teachers of Reading, including the principles and practices of Structured Literacy.

Click here to learn about the requirements and responsibilities of this important service appointment

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