What Is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP)?

Certified Academic Language Practitioners (CALP) provide explicit, systematic, sequential Multisensory Structured Language instruction which builds a high degree of accuracy, knowledge, and independence for students with written-language disorders, including dyslexia.


Certified Academic Language Practitioners are:

  • Trained at the Practitioner Level – ALTA Certified Academic Language Practitioners (CALP) are skilled in Multisensory Structured Language methodology, and teach reading, writing, study, and testing skills.
  • Skilled In Multisensory Structured Language – Certified Academic Language Practitioners utilize Multisensory Structured Language to integrate visual, auditory, and motor processing with explicit understanding of the structure of the English language, enabling students to develop a solid foundation for reading and writing.
  • Results-Driven – Certified Academic Language Practitioners enable students to apply explicit understanding of the structure of the English language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and orthography), to develop and strengthen both reading and written expression.


To become a Certified Academic Language Practitioner, you must:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Complete comprehensive teacher level training in a Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) program.
    • Comprehensive teacher level training shall be defined as a course under the supervision of an Instructor of Certified Academic Language Practitioner that includes a minimum of 45 instructional hours, a minimum of 60 clinical/ teaching hours, a minimum of 5 demonstrations, clinical/teaching documentation, and proof of the individual’s progress and competence.
    • Acceptable performance on a teaching level comprehensive examination administered by ALTA.
  3. Completion of 10 CEUs (1 CEU = 1 hour at an approved ALTA event) per year. 
  4. Membership dues for CALP members are $75 annually – your first year’s dues are $150, which includes the exam.

(A Certified Academic Language Practitioner, CALP, is eligible to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) upon fulfilling the requirements stated in Article III., Section 2., b)

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