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Training to become a Specialist SpLD Teacher/Practitioner

Route to train to become a Specialist SpLD

Teacher/ Practitioner Training at Level 5 or Level 7

Specialist SpLD Teacher/Practitioner

Specialist SpLD Teacher/Practitioner training is available at either Level 5 or Level 7. Either course will qualify you as a specialist teacher/practitioner. The Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate Specialist Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties can also be used in a pathway to gaining a Master’s qualification.

Dyslexia and Literacy Postgraduate Programme (DALP)

Whilst studying on either of our Level 5 or Level 7 SpLD Teaching programmes, participants will gain access to the unique resources of the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP).

What is DALP?

DALP is a comprehensive specialist literacy programme for SpLD Specialist Teacher/Practitioner which provides a pathway for learners with literacy difficulties of all ages, through individual placement identification. DALP brings metacognitive learning and the development of metalinguistic awareness to the forefront, with the placement process as the underpinning strand of the specialist literacy support scheme. It will enable the practitioner to further extend their reach to those with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.

Which Level SpLD Teaching programme should I choose?

Level 5 Diploma in Specialist Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties (DIST)

Standard (Graduate) route

  • For graduates holding a degree qualification
  • Who have at least two years of recent and relevant experience in a school or college setting to work with learners with literacy difficulties/dyslexia/SpLD
  • Can commit to 10 hours of study per week for one year
  • Does not carry masters credits

Click here for a programme brochure, we currently have a waiting list for this route going into September 2023/January 2024, if you would like to be added to the list please email trainingcourses@dyslexiaaction.org.uk


CPD Pathway route

  • For those who have at least two years of recent and relevant experience in a school or college setting to work with learners with literacy difficulties/dyslexia/SpLD
  • Primary/Secondary or Supporting Adults or International graduates and non-graduates
  • Those who can commit to 3-5 hours of study per week in the first year and 10 hours study in the second year
  • Does not carry masters credits

This route will take approximately eighteen months to two years to complete.

Click here for further information, a programme brochure and how to book

Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate Specialist Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties

  • For graduates holding a degree qualification
  • Who have at least two years of recent and relevant experience in a school or college setting to work with learners with literacy difficulties/dyslexia/SpLD
  • Can commit to 20 hours of study per week for one year
  • Carries masters credits

Click here for further information and a programme brochure.

Accreditation

The Level 5 Diploma (DIST) and the Level 7 Teaching Certificate confer eligibility for Associate Membership of The Dyslexia Guild (ADG) recognised as the first grade of professional membership for a Specialist SpLD Teacher/Practitioner.

The Level 5 Diploma is accredited by The CPD Standards Office (subject to accreditation). The Level 7 Certificate is validated by Middlesex University

The Level 5 Diploma is also accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (subject to accreditation) for Approved Teacher Status or Approved Practitioner Status (ATS/APS) and PATOSS for Associate membership (the Level 7 Teaching Certificate is subject to approval by the British Dyslexia Association).

Our Level 4 and 5 CPD programme is approved by The CPD Standards Office and you receive a certificate from Dyslexia Action upon completion.

Progression to become a full assessor

After completing a specialist teaching programme at Level 5 or Level 7 you will have the option to continue your studies to become an assessor at Level 7 (20 hours of study a week). See this page for more details.

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