Proposed Master of Education Degree in Dyslexia Therapy
- Degree Program Postponed -
April 25, 2013
For over three years, the DuBard School for Language Disorders and the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education have been working on bringing a Master of Education degree in dyslexia therapy to The University of Southern Mississippi, and although we expected the program to begin in June 2013, it appears the work will continue for one more year.
In February 2013, the IHL approved The University of Southern Mississippi’s new Master’s degree in dyslexia therapy. Following the IHL’s approval, an application to the Mississippi Department of Education Licensure Commission was submitted so that graduates of the new program would be eligible for the state’s educator licensure endorsement #203 in dyslexia therapy. Unfortunately, there are delays in this process, and we do not want to begin any program until we are able to supply all graduates with the tools they need to succeed. Therefore, admission into the dyslexia therapy program at Southern Miss has been suspended until we can guarantee the degree awarded will result in a #203 license as a dyslexia therapist.
We are hopeful you will continue to consider our program once it has cleared all review processes. Our goal is to have all issues resolved before the spring 2014 semester. We know this program will not only be valuable to current and future professionals in our area, but also the region and nation, as more individuals receive higher education in dyslexia therapy resulting in more positive changes in the lives of children with the written language disorder of dyslexia. Please check back for updates regularly and follow our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute news.
About the proposed program:
In development for over three years, this innovative program will be 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.
The degree program will:
- Be offered in a hybrid format of on-line and face-to-face components offering a flexible schedule for working professionals
- Utilize the DuBard Association Method® as the therapy methodology
- Qualify candidates for Mississippi's Class AA Master's degree level educator licensure for dyslexia therapy
- Prepare candidates to take the Alliance Examination, which is required for national certification as a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT)
- Include addtional courses in typical language development, the structure of language, reading development, research and related areas
- Include extensive practicum experiences
This new degree program will be offered through the cooperation of two colleges within the university, the College of Education and Psychology and the College of Health, providing a wider range of educational opportunities for students.
Applications are not yet available; however, we encourage you to download the documents to the right, which detail the program and the application process, so you can be prepared when registration opens.