Qualifications for Dyslexia Certification


 

elementary school teacher and student high five

 

The International Dyslexia Association is taking a new approach to evaluating qualifications to teach individuals with dyslexia to read. Rather than require a fixed number of practicum hours, our measurement is the ability of the professional to achieve improvement in reading skills with actual students over time. The practicum supervisor will observe the work of the professional, measure progress and provide documentation that will attest to that professional’s ability to take a student with poor reading skills and improve those skills to a substantially more advanced level. Our criteria for certification are the actual measurements of the knowledge and skills of the applicant, demonstrated by passing coursework, a validated exam, in addition to the demonstration of the improvement in reading proficiency for their students over time.

Requirements to Become a Dyslexia Practitioner

To become an IDA Certified Dyslexia Practitioner, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

Degree:  A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or for those individuals outside of the U.S., a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a higher education institution that is accredited or recognized by the country’s regulatory authority.

Exam:  The applicant must successfully complete and pass the Certification Exam for Educators of Reading Instruction (CEERI) for IDA certification. 

Professional Development:  The applicant must successfully complete a minimum of 45 hours of professional development in coursework aligned with the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards and provided by an IDA accredited program/organization.

Practicum:  Applicant must be supervised by an individual meeting the requirements for practicum supervision as described in this document. Individual must show proficiency in teaching IDA standards on a performance measure that includes screening and progress monitoring measures and documentation of student progress. Minimum requirements as to the number of students, the intensity of instruction, the length of instruction and the number of demonstrations are stated below.

 

 

Dyslexia Practitioner Practicum

Requirements

Student progress on standardized and/or criterion – referenced measures must be documented to complete the practicum requirement.

number of students

1

number of teaching situations

1

number of sessions per week

2-3 meet fidelity of the training program)

number of weeks

25

number of demonstrations

5

 

 

 

Fees:  Fees associated with this application process include an examination fee of $150 paid to the examination center, an application fee of $100 to cover the cost of reviewing the application and an annual certification fee of $250. For professionals already paying annual certification fees to ALTA or to AOGPE, we offer a dual certification fee, of $175.

Continuing Obligations: All individuals receiving the IDA Dyslexia Practitioner Certification must abide by IDA Ethical Standards and accrue 10 continuing education hours each calendar year. All IDA certified Dyslexia Practitioners shall retake the Certification Exam for Educators of Reading Instruction (CEERI) every seven years. Passage of the exam is not required to continue certification, but the results of the exam will be used to guide continuing education hours.

An individual seeking certification as a Dyslexia Practitioner must submit documentation of all coursework and practicum for review. The individual must complete any and all deficiencies in coursework and/or practicum and all requirements before certification is awarded.   

 

Requirements to Become a Dyslexia Therapist

To become an IDA Certified Dyslexia Therapist, the professional must meet the following requirements:

Degree:  A minimum of a master’s degree in reading or a related field from an accredited university or for those individuals outside of the U.S., master’s degree or equivalent from a higher education institution that is accredited or recognized by the country’s regulatory authority.

Exam:  The applicant must successfully complete the Certification Exam for Educators of Reading Instruction (CEERI) for IDA certification.

Professional Development:  The applicant must successfully complete a minimum of 200 hours of professional development in coursework aligned with the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards and provided by an IDA accredited program/organization.

Practicum:  Applicant must be supervised by an individual meeting the requirements for practicum supervision as described in this document. Individual must show proficiency in teaching IDA standards on a performance measure that includes screening and progress monitoring measures and documentation of student progress. Minimum requirements as to the number of students, the intensity of instruction, the length of instruction and the number of demonstrations are stated below.

 

Dyslexia Therapist Practicum

Requirements

Student progress on standardized and/or criterion – referenced measures must be documented to complete the practicum requirement.

number of students

3

number of teaching situations

3

number of sessions per week

3-5

 (meet fidelity of the training program)

number of weeks

50 

number of demonstrations

10

 

 

 

Fees:  Fees associated with this application process include an examination fee of $150 paid to the examination center, an application fee of $100 to cover the cost of reviewing the application and an annual certification fee of $300. For professionals already paying annual certification fees to ALTA or to AOGPE, we offer a dual certification fee, of $200.

Continuing Obligations: All individuals receiving the IDA Therapist Certification must abide by IDA Ethical Standards and accrue 10 continuing education hours each calendar year. All IDA certified Dyslexia Practitioners shall retake the Certification Exam for Educators of Reading Instruction (CEERI) every seven years. Passage of the exam is not required to continue certification, but the results of the exam will be used to guide continuing education hours.

An individual seeking certification as a Dyslexia Practitioner who has received training from a program or organization that is not accredited by IDA must submit documentation of all coursework and practicum for review. The individual must complete any and all deficiencies in coursework and/or practicum and all requirements before certification is awarded.