CALT

Become a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT)

Therapy level training is the heart and soul of Payne Education Center, as it was the reason for Payne's founding. Each year, approximately 18 trainees graduate through Payne's Structured Multisensory Language Foundations (SMLF) program. SMLF is a two-year therapist certification training, which enables skilled educators to use multisensory reading techniques to teach the basic language skills of reading, writing, and spelling. SMLF is based on the Alphabetic Phonics approach and utilizes the Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia program developed at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, along with various other supplementary Payne materials and resources. SMLF has a high success rate in remediating language-learning differences, including students with dyslexia.

Additionally, CALTs are recognized nationally as individuals who are driven to be exceptionally skilled reading teachers and proponents of multisensory, structured language methods for teaching all children to read. 


What will I be able to do as a CALT?

  • Demonstrate knowledge of language development
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structure of written language
  • Demonstrate knowledge of dyslexia, written language disorders & other related disorders
  • Interpret testing
  • Use diagnostic & prescriptive MSL strategies to improve reading, spelling, & written expression
  • Apply relevant research in instructional practice
  • Use Section 504 & IDEA to guide professional conduct & advocacy
  • Follow ethical standards for the profession
  • Communicate effectively orally & in writing with colleagues, parents & other professionals


Requirements

  • Attend 28 days of instruction (10 day summer training + 4 Saturday seminars/year)
  • Undergo mentoring by Payne Qualified Instructors
  • Log practicum hours with students
  • Sit for the Alliance Exam, given at Payne Education Center


What does this National Certification do for me?

  • Provides educators with a highly sought designation
  • Elevates the profession of MSL Educators
  • Promotes professional expertise to consumers
  • Allows state, national, and international certification portability to MSL educators
  • Gives states a guideline for potential licensure


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What do I have do to complete my Certification?


Complete Introductory SMLF training (Year 1)

  • Attend summer training (usually the 2 weeks following the 4th of July holiday)
  • Attend 4 Saturday Seminars held at Payne Education Center (2 fall, 2 spring)
  • Complete 5 demonstration lessons with a Payne Qualified Instructor (Conducted onsite or by video)
  • Log 350 hours of Practicum

Complete Advanced SMLF training (Year 2)

  • Attend summer training (usually the 2 weeks following the 4th of July holiday)
  • Attend 4 Saturday Seminars held at Payne Education Center (2 fall, 2 spring)
  • Complete 5 demonstration lessons with a Payne Qualified Instructor (Conducted onsite or by video)
  • Log 350 hours of Practicum

Pass ALTA’s Alliance Exam

  • Administered at Payne