Teacher and Therapist Training Options: IDA or IMSLEC Accredited Centers

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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) 

  • For course information please email: mltinm19@gmail.com, or visit www.mlti-nm.com
  • 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 Emerita: Sandra Dillon, M.A., CALT/QI
  • Director: Mary Poirier Gilroy,  M.Ed., CALT/QI  
  • Training Location: Please contact Director Mary Gilroy (see above) for 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

  • For course information and additional professional development opportunities available, visit https://www.maycenter.org/teacher-training
  • 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.

    The May Center is also currently forming a parent support group to give you a chance to connect with other parents during this incredibly challenging time. Topics will range from parenting children with learning differences and anxiety, to effective ways to deal with your own parenting stress, to topics requested by group participants. The group will be facilitated by May Center’s Jamie Shannon-Owings, who is not only an amazing May Center teacher but who is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  The group will meet via Zoom.

    The cost of participation is $10/session.  Please send an email to liz@maycenter.org  if you would like to participate!  The group will begin meeting in December.

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