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The Mississippi College Dyslexia Therapy Training Program is a research-based program to train therapists to work with students who have dyslexia and related disorders. The core of the training evolved from Orton-Gillingham, a scientific, universally successful, specific teaching approach that combines all three learning modalities auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. The training program has been strongly supported by both the National and Mississippi Scottish Rite Masons.

Mississippi College's M.Ed. in Dyslexia Therapy program is accredited at both the Therapy and Instructor of Therapy levels by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).

This is a two-year graduate level course of study leading to a Master of Education degree in Dyslexia Therapy. The M.Ed. in Dyslexia Therapy at Mississippi College has been approved by the State Board of Education as a graduate degree meeting all requirements for an advanced degree by elementary and secondary licensed teachers. The State Board of Education has established licensure requirements for holding an "AA" Teaching License in "Dyslexia Therapy". Those requirements include holding a valid standard "A" teaching license (valid for five years) and completion of a master's degree in dyslexia therapy. The AA License may be added to an existing A License for both elementary and secondary level teachers.

Program Goals

  • To provide an educational experience which meets a community need and enables participants to become professional dyslexia therapists
  • To become a part of an effort to assist students struggling with dyslexia and written-language disorders by working in a variety of settings and contexts (private and clinic settings as well as private and public schools)
  • To provide participants with relevant theory and research, history, appropriate methodologies, curricular knowledge, and applied techniques

Program Entry Requirements

Candidates for this program should:

  • Have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and must be admitted to the Mississippi College Graduate School
  • Hold an "A" teacher's license or have evidence of experience in teaching or working with children or adolescents. A photocopy of the standard educator license is required. (Candidates not having a Class A Educator's License should contact the Mississippi College School of Education for requirements.)