Academic Language Certification: Therapy and Practioner LevelsAccreditation through the International Multisensory Language Education Council (IMSLEC) ensures that teachers are receiving an approved curriculum that meets the needs of learners at all levels. In 2012, IMSLEC was one of two organizations in the US to receive the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) endorsement for meeting teacher training standards in reading. 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 (Interdys.org).
ASDEC also prepares teachers for certification as Academic Language Practitioners (CALP). Classroom teachers and reading specialists who complete the ASDEC course, Language Foundations, and a 9-month supervision practicum are eligible to sit for the Alliance National Exam, which qualifies them as a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP). The denotation of CALP identifies the individual as a member of the Academic Language Therapy Association and verifies that the individual has achieved the Teaching level of competency in the field of dyslexia education.
Supervision practicums for both Therapy and Practitioner Levels are available online.Therapy Level Requirements:
Academic Therapist Certification RequirementsPractitioner (Teaching) Level Requirements:
Academic Therapist Career Possibilities
All candidates applying for ALTA Certification at the Practitioner level must fulfill the following requirements:
· updated resume and
· a copy of the intern’s college diploma for the highest attained degree or final transcript.
· Language Foundations Course (35 hours);
· Two Language Foundations Workshops (10 hours)
· Regular attendance at nine consecutive months of supervision meetings (with break for summer if relevant);
· Nine lesson plans and questions related to instruction submitted prior to monthly meetings;
· 100 teaching hours of Language Foundations instruction;
· Five observations submitted to supervisor either on-site or recorded; and
· Positive Evaluations from Supervisor.
3. Demonstrate growth in automaticity in all structured procedures as detailed in the Language Foundations curriculum and have the competencies, as evidenced in written evaluations, to practice independently as a Teaching Specialist.