Alternate Route: Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist

PLEASE NOTE: Alternate Route applications are only accepted between July 1st and September 30th of each year.

An alternate route to certification is available for applicants who wish to document that they have completed training and practicum experiences that are equivalent to those required for Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist, but:

  1. These experiences were not completed under the direction and guidance of an IDA Accredited Partner (institution or organization); or,
  2. The institution or organization they trained under was IDA Accredited Partner at the time they were undergoing training, but is no longer IDA Accredited Partner; or,
  3. The organization they trained under is no longer in practice; or,
  4. They’ve lost their practicum evaluation documentation; or,
  5. They’ve been practicing as a tutor for students with dyslexia for more than 10 years, with local, state, or national recognition, but have no formal documentation of having completed a supervised practicum experience.

Applicants must:

  1. Pass the KPEERI (formerly CEERI) exam;
  2. Prepare an electronic portfolio that includes all necessary components, as documented below;
  3. Submit a completed electronic Alternate Route application to CERI for evaluation;
  4. Complete electronic credit card authorization for Alternate Route review.


Application Process and Fees
  • Complete Online Application
  • $350
    • $150 – 1 year certification
    • $35 – Alternate Path Portfolio Review Fee
    • $165 – KPEERI Exam ($150 exam fee and $15 registration fee)
Renewal Process and Fees


  • Documentation of KPS-Aligned CEU 10 Hours (per year of renewal) with Approved Provider
  • Complete Online Renewal Application
  • Renewal Valid for 1 ($140) or 3 Years ($395)

All Alternate Route Portfolios must include:

  1. Personal statement of 4 to 5 typewritten pages (.PDF format) that addresses your equivalent qualifications, with an emphasis on documenting equivalent knowledge and skill to that of certification candidates prepared through an IDA Accredited Partner.
  2. Evidence of having earned a passing score on the KPEERI (formerly CEERI).
  3. Minimum Degree Required: Bachelor’s Degree, demonstrated through either a transcript or copy of a diploma.
  4. Copy of resume or curriculum vitae (C.V.).
  5. Two letters of support from appropriate professional colleagues in the field, such as a supervisor, principal, reading specialist, or special educator. Letters must contain the individual’s email and telephone contact information and should speak to (a) your competencies with regard to serving the needs of students from a Structured Literacy perspective, with reference to and alignment with the KPS, as appropriate; and, (b) their knowledge of your demonstrated ability to meaningfully impact student learning outcomes. Letters of support must be both signed and dated.

PLEASE NOTE: This certification requires submitting three case studies involving three students with heterogeneous needs as described in further detail below. Each of these students must have been seen for at least 48 individual tutoring sessions over 24 consecutive weeks (i.e., a total of 144 tutoring sessions across all three students). Applications containing case studies that do not meet these requirements will be automatically rejected without further review. Applications may be re-submitted, but only one re-submission is permitted within a given review period.


Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist Alternate Route Portfolios must also include:

  1. One letter of support from a parent of a student (or the student themselves, if of the age of consent) that:
    1. describes your relationship to the student;
    2. describes the frequency and duration of your work with the student;
    3. speaks to the measurable and observable impact your work had on the student;
    4. contains both their phone and email contact information; and,
    5. is signed and dated by the individual.
  1. Three students, case studies, complete with (for each student):
    1. background information;
    2. approximate dates served indicating the student was engaged for a minimum of twenty-four (24) weeks and for at least forty-eight (48) individual sessions;
    3. pre-post assessment data;
    4. priority scope and sequence established for the student that considers pre-assessment data and background information;
    5. discussion of progress/lack of progress;
    6. recommendations in response to post-assessment data. Recommendations should consider not only the student’s intervention needs, but also their needs for additional assessment and their ability to function independently in the school setting.
    7. Case studies should be typewritten and of 9 to 10 pages in length each.
    8. Student case studies should not include the student’s real names but rather should refer to them using pseudonyms in order to properly protect the student’s identities.


  • At least one student must require intervention with single syllable word reading.
  • At least one student must require intervention with multi-syllable word reading.
  • At least one student must require vocabulary, comprehension, or written response instruction.
  • At least one student must be in elementary school.
  • At least one student must be in middle/high school (or, may be an adult).

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