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Program Admission

Applicants for the Master of Education Degree with a Major in Special Education Specializing in Dyslexia must present the following minimum criteria for acceptance into the graduate program:


  1. Bachelor’s degree and standard Texas Teacher Certificate or equivalent;
  2. A grade point average of 3.0 in previous education courses; and
  3. Additionally, a committee may screen applicants based on selected criteria*.


*Upon receipt of a completed application for admission, official transcripts (if other than MSU) and Graduate Record Examination scores the Special Education Committee will determine those applicants who will be admitted to the program.


Completion of the Master of Education Degree with a Major in Special Education Specializing in Dyslexia qualifies the student to apply for professional certification upon completion of the Alliance Exam. Our graduates will also receive the title of Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT).


The program requires:

  • two years of graduate study
  • extensive practicum teaching hours
  • clinical teaching hours
  • Requirements (36 Credit Hours total)


Application for professional certification as a CALT requires the following:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

  1. Completion of comprehensive therapist training under the supervision of a Qualified Instructor that includes a minimum of 200 instructional hours, a minimum of 700 clinical/teaching hours, a minimum of 10 demonstrations, clinical/teaching documentation, and proof of the therapist’s progress and competence
  2. Acceptable performance on a comprehensive examination administered by ALTA
  3. Completion of 3 CEUs (30 contact hours) every three years