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William Carey University M.Ed. in Dyslexia Therapy

The William Carey University Dyslexia Therapy Master’s Degree Program is a research-based program to train therapists to work with students with dyslexia and related disorders.  The core of WCU’s dyslexia therapy methodology is Orton-Gillingham based and was designed specifically for students with dyslexia.  The method originated from the work of Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham; therefore, instruction meets the standard set by law (MS Code Sec. 37-173-1) that defines appropriate dyslexia therapy training.  The method evolved from Alphabetic Phonics, a scientific, universally successful, specific teaching approach that combines all three learning modalities auditory, visual, and kinesthetic.

The WCU Masters Degree Program is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association and meets the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.  The program is also strongly supported by members of the Mississippi Legislature, both the National and Mississippi Scottish Rite Masons, and the Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Association.

WCU works in partnership with the Nationally Certified Language Therapists, Qualified Instructors (CALT, QI) from Neuhaus Education Center, Bellaire, Texas. Neuhaus Education Center is nationally accredited at both the Therapy and Instructor of Therapy levels by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). All Qualified Instructors are certified in Orton-Gillingham based methodology.

The Cohort program is a two-year graduate level course of study and is structured to accommodate the schedule of working teachers. The program has been approved by the State Board of Education as a graduate degree meeting all requirements for an advanced degree by licensed teachers.

The AA license in Dyslexia Therapy may be added to an existing A License for both elementary and secondary level teachers. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the national Academic Language Therapy Association exam to earn the title of Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT).


Suzanne Carreker, Ph.D., CALT, QI

Elisa Barnes, M.Ed., CALT, QI

Rai Thompson, M.Ed., CALT, QI

Cena Holifield, Ph.D., CALT (Program Coordinator)

Program Goals

  • To provide an educational experience which meets a state need and enables participants to become professional dyslexia therapists with knowledge and therapy skills based on the methodology that originated with the work of Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham
  • To become a part of an effort to assist Mississippi students struggling with dyslexia by serving in private or public school settings
  • To provide participants with information relevant to dyslexia theory and research, history, appropriate methodology, curricular knowledge, and applied techniques

Program Entry Requirements:

  • Have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Must be admitted to the William Carey University Graduate School
  • Hold an “A” teacher’s license and have evidence of experience in teaching or working with students. A photocopy of the standard educator license is required
  • Three letters of recommendation completed by head master or principal, an immediate supervisor or colleague, and a personal character reference.


All DYS courses were designed specifically for the Dyslexia Therapy Masters Degree program; therefore, only graduate students participating in the Dyslexia Therapy Masters Degree may enroll in the following courses. Practicum hours are based on a minimum of two-one hour sessions per day over two years. Some students may require additional time to acquire the minimum requirement of 720 practicum hours covering the entire scope of the curriculum.

First Year:

DYS 670 – Introduction to Dyslexia Therapy and Multisensory Teaching – 3 hrs

DYS 671 – Dyslexia Therapy Theory and Practice – 3 hrs

DYS 672 – Dyslexia Therapy Internship I (15 hrs; 120 practicum hrs) – 3 hrs

Basic Language Skills Book 1A:

          Multisensory Grammar/Written Expression Instruction

DYS 673 – Dyslexia Therapy Internship II (15 hrs; 120 practicum hrs) – 3 hrs

Basic Language Skills Book 1B

          Reading Accuracy and Fluency

DYS 674 – Dyslexia Therapy Internship III (15 class hrs; 120 practicum hrs.)- 3hrs

Developing Meta-cognitive Skills

                    Diagnostics: Screening for Dyslexia

Second Year:

DYS 675 – Dyslexia Therapy Advanced – Planning and Application – 3hrs

DYS 676 – Dyslexia Therapy Advanced – Assessment and Evaluation- 3hrs

DYS 677 – Dyslexia Therapy – Internship IV – (15 class hrs; 120 practicum hrs.) – 3hrs

Developing Vocabulary and Reading Success

                   Dyslexia Researchers

DYS 678 – Dyslexia Therapy – Internship V – (15 class hrs; 120 practicum hrs.) – 3hrs

Basic Language Skills Advanced Book 2

DYS 679 – Dyslexia Therapy – Internship VI – (15 class hrs; 120 practicum hrs.) – 3hrs

                     Basic Language Skills Advanced Book 3

TOTAL: 30 Hours/720 Supervised Clinical Hours

Mississippi Dyslexia Law:   MS Code Sec. 37-173-1


“Dyslexia” is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin, characterized by difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition and poor spelling and decoding abilities, which typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction, and secondary consequences which may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge (International Dyslexia Association, 2012).

“Dyslexia therapy” means an appropriate specialized dyslexia instructional program that is delivered by a Mississippi Department of Education licensed dyslexia therapist which is scientific, research-based, Orton-Gillingham based, and is offered in a small group (MS Code Sec. 37-173-1).

“Dyslexia therapist” means a professional who has completed training in a department approved Orton-Gillingham based dyslexia therapy training program attaining an AA license in dyslexia therapy or a professional participating in a state approved dyslexia therapy training program to attain a AA license in dyslexia therapy (MS Code Sec. 37-173-1).

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Seeing dyslexia in a whole new light

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Hailey Cain can barely make out the words in this book. She says the letters overlap, swim around, and pop out. “I was reading really low and sometimes people would make fun of me,” Hailey Cain told Ivanhoe. In third grade, Cain was reading at a kindergarten level. Then she was diagnosed with dyslexia, impulses traveling from her eyes to the brain were not in sync between her two eyes. Teacher Cheryl Tullis tried everything—almost everything. “I just couldn’t justify teaching her phonics again for another 180 days when she had already done 4 years of school,” Cheryl Tullis, Teacher, Shore Acres Elementary School, St. Petersburg Florida, told Ivanhoe. So, Tullis told Hailey’s mom Telsea to try specialty tinted lenses called ChromaGen lenses. “I was skeptical in the beginning myself,” Telsea Galbraith, Hailey’s mom, told Ivanhoe. The lenses keep the words from popping out of the page and overlapping each other.

“I saw my daughter go from being somewhat reclusive and not having any self-esteem to being able to pick up a book like a regular classmate and start to read,” Galbraith said. After Cain got the lenses in January she jumped from reading 30 words per minute at a kindergarten level to 60 words per minute at a second grade level. “She doubled her score. She hit the 60’s for words per minute,” Dr. Victoria Melcher, Optometrist, Eye Designs Visions, told Ivanhoe. Optometrist Victoria Melcher says ChromaGen is a series of colored filters that change the wavelength of light entering the eye. “The information reaching the brain is synchronized between the two eyes,” Dr. Melcher said. Now, 11-year-old Cain can finally read a book that’s meant for her, not a 5-year-old. The ChromaGen lenses can cost about 800 dollars and they are typically not covered by insurance.

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Midwestern State Universit Master of Education in Special Education Specializing in Dyslexia

Master of Education in Special Education Specializing in Dyslexia

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

PROGRAM Structure

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.

Research Summary Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia

Mary Wines, M.Ed., CALT, QI
3410 Taft Blvd
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Edward Schultz, PhD
3410 Taft Blvd.
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

The University of Southern Mississippi Master of Education Degree in Dyslexia Therapy

The DuBard School for Language Disorders and the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education at The University of Southern Mississippi invite you to learn more about the long-awaited Master of Education degree in Dyslexia Therapy, scheduled to begin during the Summer 2014 semester.

About the Program:

DuBard School Outclient TherapyIn development for over four years, this innovative program is the first such degree offered by a Mississippi public university. As school administrators, teachers, therapists and the general public are becoming more aware of students with reading difficulties and the academic challenges they face, the need for extensive and specialized professional development becomes more obvious.

  • Participants may be eligible for state and private foundation scholarships.Click here to learn more and apply for The Robert M. Hearin Foundation Scholarship. Click here to learn more about the Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship from the State of Mississippi.
  • The program began in May 2014. New cohorts begin each summer.
  • It is a 30-semester-hour master’s degree program, including the practicum component
  • The program will result in a Master of Education degree.
  • The methodology taught is the scientifically based DuBard Association Method® which is Orton-Gillingham based in content and principles of instruction.
  • Those eligible for admission will have a teaching license and/or a bachelor’s degree in education, speech and hearing sciences, or a related field.
  • The program is a collaboration between the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education and the DuBard School for Language Disorders in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.
  • The DuBard School Professional Development program has been accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) since 1998 and was one of the first four nationally accredited programs for multisensory structured language education (MSLE). Therefore, the master’s degree program is accredited by IMSLEC (
  • The degree program meets the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading (
  • The degree program is delivered in a hybrid format including on-campus instruction during part of two summers, online courses, three weekends (Friday evening and Saturday) in the fall and spring, and a supervised practicum experience.
  • The practicum may be completed on the Southern Miss campus and at other sites such as the graduate student’s work site. Supervision will be live and/or by virtual technology.
  • All instructors are highly qualified and hold a Ph.D., Ed.D., CALT, QI (Certified Academic Language Therapist, Qualified Instructor), or combinations of these credentials, therefore are experts in dyslexia. In addition, they hold credentials in literacy, communication disorders, learning disabilities, related disorders, elementary education, special education and school administration.
  • Graduates will be eligible for the MDE Educator Licensure endorsement #203 for dyslexia therapy.
  • Graduates will be eligible to sit for the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification national exam which, when successfully completed, will lead to eligibility for the Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) national credential and membership in the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) (
  • Applications are available online at
  • Click here to download the plan of study. 

Students reading in DuBard LibraryAbout the Application Process:

Applications are available online Applicants will need:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official reports of test scores (GRE or Praxis II)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Letters of recommendation will be submitted through the Southern Miss graduate school website, through which the recommender will complete a form and upload the letter of recommendation.
  • Application fee ($50)
  • Letter of intent stating your professional goals, your reasons for pursuing this degree, and how attainment of this degree would help meet those goals. This will be used as a writing sample.
  • Professional vita (resume)
  • Copy of all current teaching licenses (if applicable)

For more information or if you have additional questions, contact CISE at601.266.5247 or Dr. Maureen Martin at 601.266.5223 or

Southern Miss Dyslexia Master's Inaugural Class