Practitioner Training (CALP)


Become a Certified Academic Language Practitioner

This opportunity is reserved for those who have completed Payne’s Structured Language Basics course since 2015.

We are currently accepting applications for our 2024-2025 CALP program. If you are interested in taking this enrolling, please review the requirements and submit your application by September 1, 2024.

We need a minimum of 7 attendees for this class to make.

More information about Certified Academic Language Practitioners is available on ALTA’s website here.

What do I have do to complete my Certification?

  • Attend Payne’s 5-day Structured Language Basics Course
  • Attend 4 Saturday seminars (28 hours) and one Test Prep Day held at Payne Education Center (2 fall, 3 spring)
  • Complete 6 demonstration lessons with a Payne Qualified Instructor conducted by video using Sibme
  • Log 60 hours of Practicum, 90 40-minute lessons or equivalent
  • Pass ALTA’s Competency Exam for MSLE, offered online through Prometrics

What will I be able to do as a CALP?

  • Demonstrate knowledge of language development
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of structure of written language
  • Demonstrate basic 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

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