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Dyslexia Therapy Education - Master's

Availability: Hattiesburg Hybrid Options

Dyslexia Therapy: Helping Students with Language-Based Learning Difficulties

The Master of Education degree in Dyslexia Therapy in the School of Education is delivered in collaboration with the School of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification national examination, which leads to eligibility for the Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) national credential and membership in the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). Graduates are eligible for MDE Educator Licensure endorsement #203.

Those eligible for admission will have a teaching license and a bachelor's degree in education, speech and hearing sciences, or a related field.

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15Student Cohort Size, Hybrid Delivery
2 National Accreditations
4Semesters 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 supervised practicum at their professional employment sites or through practicum placement.

Our Faculty

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, and therefore are experts in dyslexia. In addition, they hold credentials in literacy, communication disorders, learning disabilities, related disorders, elementary education, special education, and educational administration.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Programs at the University of Southern Mississippi that prepare students for licensure as dyslexia therapist 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 Noal Cochran at Noal.CochranFREEMississippi


Degree Plan Availability
Dyslexia Therapy Education MEdHattiesburg Hybrid
  • 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