Following an independent program review, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) recognized the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) and the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) for meeting IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. IMSLEC and NILD join the nine university programs that were recognized by IDA last year (see list below).
NILD, based in Chesapeake, Virginia, trains educational therapists to work with students with specific learning disabilities. IMSLEC, based in Dallas, Texas, accredits training courses in multisensory structured language. As a result of the review of IMSLEC’s accreditation process, all of the courses accredited by IMSLEC are recognized by IDA.
The independent and objective reviews were conducted from May through December 2012 by three highly qualified reviewers who were assigned to each organization. The review entailed a thorough look at course syllabi and other course materials and requirements.
The IDA Standards provide a comprehensive, research-supported documentation of what every teacher needs to know and be able to demonstrate, whether they are teaching students with dyslexia, other struggling readers, or the general student population.
The IDA Standards emphasize the need for teachers to be trained more deeply in the structure of language, including the speech sound system, the writing system, the structure of sentences, the meaningful parts of words, meaning relationships among words and their referents, and the organization of spoken and written discourse.
IDA’s Professional Development Committee oversees the IDA Standards review process. The goal of the reviews is to identify and promote high-quality teacher preparation, whether delivered through university or independent teacher training programs, that will improve the educational outcomes for all students, especially those who struggle with written language.
University Programs Recognized by IDA
College of Mount Saint Joseph (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Reading Endorsement; Master of Arts in Reading Science
Colorado College (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Master of Arts in Teaching: Literacy Intervention Specialist Program
Fairleigh Dickinson (Teaneck, New Jersey)
Orton Gillingham Teacher Certificate
MGH Institute of Health Professions (Boston, Massachusetts)
Certificate of Advanced Study in Reading
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology: Reading Concentration
Saint Joseph’s (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Master of Science in Special Education
Simmons College (Boston, Massachusetts)
Master of Science in Education: Language and Literacy
Education Specialist Degree: Language and Literacy
Southeastern University (Lakeland, Florida)
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Reading/ESOL Endorsements
Bachelor of Science/Master of Education in Exceptional Student Education with Reading/ESOL Endorsements
Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas)
Master of Education in Reading and Writing
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Bachelor of Arts in Special Education; Master of Arts in Special Education
Dyslexia Specialist Certificate
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