Requirements, Common Roles and Competencies
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- Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) – Certified Level (2015 – 2022)
- Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) – Fellow (2015 – 2022)
- Academic Language Therapy Associates (ALTA) – CALT (2015 – 2022)
- The Apple Group for Dyslexia – Dyslexia Therapist (2019 – 2022)
- Programs accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) – Category: Therapy (2012 – 2022)
- Lexercise – Lexercise Teletherapist (2019 – 2022)
- National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) – Level III: PCET (2015 – 2022)
- Neuhaus Education Center – Online Certification Preparation for Dyslexia Specialists (OCDPS) (2022 – 2026)
- Wilson Reading System (WRS) – Level II WRS Certification (2015 – 2022)
- University of Central Arkansas – Graduate Reading (2022 – 2027)
- Colorado College – Graduate Literacy Intervention Specialist Program (2012 – 2022)
- Gordon College – Graduate Reading Specialist (2015 – 2022)
- Mississippi College – Graduate Dyslexia Therapy (2014 – 2019)
- William Carey University – Graduate Dyslexia Therapy (2014 – 2022)
- Fairleigh Dickinson – Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate (2014 – 2022)
- Mount Saint Joseph University – Dyslexia Certificate Track (2012 – 2022)
- Dallas Baptist University – Graduate Multisensory Instruction (2014 – 2019)
Common Role of the Certified Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist
Typically, the Certified Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist provides targeted reading instruction and support to individual and small groups of students with complex reading and writing profiles. They have completed extensive supervised practicum experiences dedicated to advancing the literacy profiles of students with Specific Learning Disabilities, including dyslexia, and are able to serve students who are at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of reading, spelling, and writing instruction.
Knowledge and Practice Competencies
All CERI certified professionals have a shared knowledge base; however, their levels of expertise with regard to practice differ.
All CERI certified professionals have knowledge of:
- Foundational Concepts
- Development of Oral and Written Language
- Structure of Language
- Recognition of Reading Difficulties
- Intervention Practices to Support Reading Difficulties
- Assessment (instructional planning and student response)
- Structured Literacy Planning and Teaching
- Lesson Planning Practices
- Lesson Implementation Practices and Routines
- Managing the Learning Environment
- Ethical Standards
Certified Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialists have completed three supervised practicum experiences designed to ensure their ability to adequately demonstrate applied mastery of the Knowledge and Practice Standards, with an emphasis on Assessment, Structured Literacy Planning and Teaching, and Ethical Standards.
In addition to completing three supervised practicum experiences, Certified Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialists have completed a concurrent seminar that provided them with: (1) exposure to the diversity of struggling reader profiles, with emphasis on intermediate and advanced profiles, and the resulting implications for instruction; and, (2) access to a system of support through which they were able to secure professional feedback and guidance.
Certified Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialists have demonstrated mastery in planning and delivering common KPS-aligned instructional practices and routines associated with:
- Principles and Practices of Structured Literacy Instruction
- Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
- Phonics and Word Recognition
- Automatic, Fluent Reading of Text
- Listening and Reading Comprehension
- Written Expression
Certified Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialists have also demonstrated mastery of:
- Essential literacy assessment practices for screening, goal setting, and progress monitoring of decoding-strand skills.
- Structured Literacy lesson planning and delivery routines to support vocabulary building and language development (oral and written).
- Structured Literacy lesson planning and delivery routines to teach text structure for the purpose of supporting reading comprehension and written expression.
- Before, during, and after reading strategies to promote reading comprehension.
- Structured Literacy approach to teaching foundational writing skills and composition
- Strategies to differentiate instruction for students in order to maximize student success
Note on Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist Practicum:
Professionals may meet the stated criteria for certification as a Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist by completing their practicum training through a single IDA Accredited Partner; or through a combination of up to three IDA Accredited Partners (one per assigned student), provided their portfolio documents that they have successfully impacted the literacy profile of three separate practicum students with profiles as follows:
- 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).
CERI certified Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionists will receive credit for one student; individuals not holding a CERI certification will need to engage three students.
- Student Grade: Elementary
- Student Needs: Single Syllable Words
- IDA Accredited Partner Supervising Practicum: Higher Education Practicum
- Student Grade: Middle School
- Student Needs: Multi-Syllable Words
- Wilson Level I
- Student Grade: Middle School
- Student Needs: Multi-Syllable Words Vocabulary Development
- AOGPE Certified