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Dyslexia Therapy Education - Master's

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Dyslexia Therapy: Helping Students with Language-Based Learning Difficulties

The Master of Education degree in Dyslexia Therapy Education is delivered collaboratively by faculty in the School of Education and clinical staff from the DuBard School for Language Disorders in the School of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) Competency Exam in multisensory structured language education, which leads to eligibility for the Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) national credential and membership in ALTA. Graduates are eligible for MDE Educator Licensure endorsement #203 for dyslexia therapy.

Those eligible for admission must have a bachelor’s
degree in education, speech and hearing sciences, or a
related field. A teaching license is required by the end of the first semester in the program.

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16Student Cohort Size, Hybrid Delivery
3 National Accreditations: CAEP, IDA, IMSLEC
6Semesters to Complete Program Requirements

What Will I Learn?

Graduates of the dyslexia therapy program will learn:

  • To effectively teach students with reading difficulties and academic challenges using the DuBard Association Method®, which is Orton-Gillingham based in content and principles of instruction
  • To plan and execute therapy to remediate deficit areas
  • Characteristics of a variety of disabilities that interfere with language acquisition
  • Rationale and interpretation of comprehensive assessment reports

Students complete 700 hours of supervised practicum at their professional employment sites or through practicum placement.

Our Faculty

Program instructors are highly qualified and hold a Ph.D., Ed.D., CALT-QI (Certified Academic Language Therapist – Qualified Instructor), or combinations of these credentials. Specializing in dyslexia, they also hold credentials in literacy, communication disorders, learning disabilities, related disorders, elementary education, special education and school administration.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Programs at The University of Southern Mississippi that prepare students for licensure as dyslexia therapists are designed to meet the licensure standards set by the Mississippi Department of Education. The University of Southern Mississippi cannot determine whether a particular licensure program meets requirements for licensure outside of the State of Mississippi. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to determine specific requirements of guidelines for reciprocity. For a list of the state departments of education that oversee professional teaching licensure, see the U.S. Department of Education website - State Contacts page.

For questions regarding this program, please contact Dr. Noal Cochran at Noal.CochranFREEMississippi


Degree Plan Availability
Dyslexia Therapy Education MEdOnline 100%

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J.B. George (JBG) 143  

Hattiesburg Campus

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  • Public School Professionals
  • Private School Professionals
  • Private Practice Professional
  • Stephanie Butts, M.Ed., Aug. 2017
    Cathedral School, Natchez, MS, Dyslexia Therapist and Reading Interventionist
  • Logan Venus Smithers, M.Ed., CALT, Aug. 2016
    Mississippi Dyslexia Centers, Dyslexia Therapist
  • Anna Curtis, M.Ed., CALT, Aug. 2016; 
    Hattiesburg Public Schools, Dyslexia Therapist
  • Kelly Smith, M.Ed., CALT, Aug. 2015
    Private Practice, Dyslexia Therapist; Ocean Springs School District, IDEA teacher
  • Leah Alonso, M.Ed., CALT, Aug. 2016
    West Point Consolidated School District, Dyslexia Therapist
  • Megan McCarver, M.Ed., CALT, Aug. 2015
    Richton School District, Dyslexia Therapist