Educator Preparation Program Accreditation

Why did IDA create a process for education preparation (EPP) to receive IDA’s Accreditation review and seal? IDA created this process to protect the interests of the candidates, the academic institutions themselves, and potential employers by ensuring that the EPP meets or exceeds standards developed by experts in the science of reading and structured literacy. While accreditation does not ensure that every graduating candidate will become a successful professional, it guarantees that the candidate has attended a program that has demonstrated a certain set of skills and abilities as reflected in the accreditation criteria.

Programs interested in learning more about the IDA accreditation process are encouraged to contact to request initial information and begin the process of signing up for accreditation.

EPPs that are due for reaccreditation or are experienced applicants with strong knowledge of the application process and are comprehensively ready may apply for FAST TRACK (see HANDBOOK for more information). 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 to determine if they are of adequate duration and structure to meet IDA’s minimum practicum requirements, which can be found in the PROGRAM REVIEW AND ACCREDITATION HANDBOOK. For EPPs that want candidates to be able to apply for CERI certification, programs must align with CERI’s minimum practicum 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 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 individual CERI certification please contact The Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) at:


Pipeline Cohort Information

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


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 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 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 more about becoming an IDA peer review team member

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