Midwestern State University's Master of Education in Special Education Specializing in Dyslexia is designed for teachers interested in working with children or adults who have dyslexia or related language disorders. Upon successful completion of the MSU Dyslexia Language Therapist Program, students may apply to take The Alliance National Registration Exam for Multisensory Structured Language Education at the therapy level. Passage of the exam qualifies the individual for membership in ALTA as a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT). Members of ALTA must acquire continuing education units to maintain their membership. For additional information on current ALTA requirements, please visit ALTA's website at www.altaread.org
The Master of Education in Special Education Specializing in Dyslexia provides the opportunity for the student to become a specialist in the field of dyslexia and related learning differences. The program requires two years of graduate study, extensive practicum teaching hours, and clinical teaching hours. Course content and techniques are based on Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia, a curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). Take Flight builds on the success of the three previous dyslexia intervention programs developed by the staff of TSRHC: Alphabetic Phonics, the Dyslexia Training Program and TSRH Literacy Program. Take Flight was developed to enable students with dyslexia to achieve and maintain better sight word recognition, fluency and comprehension, as well as aid in the transition from a therapy setting to "real world" learning. Reading intervention studies, including data collected at the TSRHC Dyslexia laboratory, have been the impetus for Take Flight and have contributed to its design. Teaching trials in the TSRHC Dyslexia Laboratory and by therapists in collaborating schools have influenced curriculum revision. Objective measurement of student progress has been an integral aspect of the Take Flight project from the onset. Results from the TSRHC Dyslexia Laboratory support its effectiveness.
For details about the latest research, view the TSRHC Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia research summary of Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia.
Mary Wines, M.Ed., CALT, QI
Edward Schultz, PhD