Practitioner Training (CALP)


Become a Certified Academic Language Practitioner

The start of our next Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) course is Saturday, October 29, 2022. Deadline to apply is October 1.

This opportunity is unique to teachers who have completed Payne’s Structured Language Basics course since 2015.

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

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

Other Requirements

  • Attend 3 additional days training
  • Undergo mentoring by Payne Instructors
  • Log practicum hours with students
  • Pass ALTA’s Competency Exam for MSLE, offered online at numerous locations

What do I have do to complete my Certification?

  • Attend Payne’s 5-day Structured Language Basics Course
  • Attend 3, 5-hour seminars held at Payne Education Center (1 fall, 2 spring)
  • Complete 5 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 at numerous locations

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