International Dyslexia Association recognizes UCCS reading program

The International Dyslexia Association announced May 2 that nine university programs in the U.S., including three at UCCS met standards outlined in the IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

The universities recognized are: College of Mount Saint Joseph, Colorado College, Fairleigh Dickinson, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Saint Joseph’s, Simmons College, Southeastern University; Southern Methodist University, and UCCS. Specific UCCS programs include the Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, Master of Arts in Special Education and Dyslexia Specialist Certificate.

From January through March 2012, IDA conducted independent and objective reviews of university-based teacher preparation programs in reading and evaluated their alignment with the IDA Standards. Three independent reviewers were assigned to each university. The review entailed a thorough look at course syllabi and other course materials and requirements, along with a site visit to the school.

The International Dyslexia Association is a non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia as well as related language-based learning differences. The IDA operates 45 branches throughout the United States and Canada and has global partners in eighteen countries, including Australia, Brazil, England, Germany, Ireland and Japan.

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