What Is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT)?

ALTA Certified Academic Language Therapists provide diagnostic, explicit, systematic Multisensory Structured Language intervention which builds a high degree of accuracy, knowledge, and independence for students with written-language disorders, including dyslexia.


Certified Academic Language Therapists are:

  • Clinically Diagnostic and Prescriptive – Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALT) review comprehensive evaluation reports and academic samples, then administer academic skills assessments for baseline documentation. Throughout Multisensory Structured Language therapy sessions, student performance informs diagnostic and prescriptive intervention to create a high level of accuracy, fluency, and understanding for independence in written language skills.
  • Skilled In Multisensory Structured Language – Certified Academic Language Therapists integrate visual, auditory, and motor processing with explicit understanding of the structure of the English language, which provides a solid foundation in written language skills.
  • Intensive – Certified Academic Language Therapists provide expert, skilled one-to-one or small-group intervention, with high frequency over a sustained period of time, which links explicit understanding, repeated practice and performance to develop accurate and fluent reading with comprehension.
  • Results-Driven – Certified Academic Language Therapists enable explicit understanding and application of the structure of the English language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and orthography), to create the foundation for age appropriate oral and written language, including reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension, spelling, and written expression.


To become a Certified Academic Language Therapist, you must:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Complete comprehensive therapist training in a Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) program.
    • Comprehensive therapist training shall be defined as a course under the supervision of a Qualified Instructor of Certified Academic Language Therapists and Practitioners that includes:
      • A minimum of 200 instructional hours, a minimum of 700 clinical/ teaching hours, a minimum of 10 demonstrations, clinical/teaching documentation, and proof of the therapist’s progress and competency. [The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation requires a minimum of 700 clinical/teaching hours and a minimum of 10 observations before granting the credential of Licensed Dyslexia Therapist.]
    • Acceptable performance on a 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 CALT members are $75 annually – your first year’s dues are $150, which includes the exam.

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