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Teacher and Therapist Training Options: IDA or IMSLEC Accredited Centers

In seeking training, IDA Southwest suggests that individuals bear in mind what a now out-of-print publication by  IDA stated: “Some [approaches] are designed for whole class instruction and are used preventatively to keep children from experiencing academic failure (tier one). Some are designed for small group intervention (tier two). And some provide more intensive instruction and are favored by clinicians who work with students with severe reading disabilities.”

Always inquire about the depth of training you will be receiving and its appropriateness for various teaching situations. Don’t hesitate to ask for the names of graduates from a particular training center so that you can further inform yourself.

In keeping with IDA standards, only training institutes accredited by IDA are listed on this website. 

Link: IDA’s Independent Accredited Training Programs List

Link: IDA’s Higher Education Accredited List

Accredited Training Centers in New Mexico

Multisensory Language Training Institute of New Mexico (MLTI-NM) 

  • Accredited by IMSLEC, the International Multisensory Language Education Council, and approved by The International Dyslexia Association.
  • Offering teacher and therapist level training programs. The two-week Introductory class (70 hours) is offered each year, usually in June.  The subsequent Intermediate level training and the Advanced level training each involve 64 hours of training, plus intensive clinical supervision. Graduate credit is available through Adams State University.
  • Director Emeritus: Sandra Dillon, M.A., CALT/QI
  • Director: Mary Poirier Gilroy,  M.Ed., CALT/QI  
  • Email:, or visit
  • Training Location for 2020: Due to the coronavirus situation, MLTI-NM will change its planned Albquerque class to a Zoom class, June 8-19.  This is with the permission of IMSLEC for this summer only.  Please contact Director Mary Gilroy (see above) for further information.
  • Other Training Locations: Please contact the director if interested in hosting a training in your region.


Multisensory Language Teacher Training – The May Center for Learning, Santa Fe

  • Summer 2020 Course – June. Please refer to the May Center’s website for more information. 
  • May Center for Learning offers a certification course for teachers and tutors in Multisensory Language Teaching through Shelton School in Dallas.  Participants complete the ignition 54 hour course, followed by an additional 26 hours of coursework, plus practicum and observations to earn certification in Sequential English Education.  
  • Director: Amy Miller, MA, MFA, I-CALP
  • Course is accredited by IMSLEC and IDA.  
  • Contact May Center at 505-983-7407 for more information and to register.


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