Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program


The Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program (LISCP) is an intensive training program for individuals seeking to learn the most effective, research-based strategies of remediation in reading and written-language skills. LISCP provides a two year, in-depth training for teachers and therapists working with individuals with literacy challenges, with a focus on dyslexia and related disorders. 


LISCP is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).  Individuals completing coursework and sufficient teaching hours and observations may be approved to register and sit for the national Alliance Exam and earn national certification with the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA).  Upon completion of classroom instruction, demonstration lessons, supervised clinical experience, and successful completion of the Alliance exam, an individual may earn professional membership status as a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) or, after sufficient clinical teaching hours, a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT).

Coursework includes instruction in Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia, an Orton-Gillingham research-based and validated curriculum from the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.  A READ Act approved curriculum, trainees will gain understanding in:

  • Structures of written English based upon the science of literacy and linguistics

  • Instructional strategies and methods (simultaneous, multisensory, systematic, cumulative, direct instruction, diagnostic teaching, synthetic, and analytic instruction)

  • Progress monitoring for accuracy and fluency

  • Dyslexia, related written-language disorders, and identification of specific learning differences


Graduate credit is available for coursework in all locations. For those attending LISCP at Colorado College, all courses may apply to a Master of Arts in Teaching – Literacy Intervention Specialist. Additionally, currently licensed Colorado teachers may earn Reading Teacher and/or Reading Specialist Endorsement. Colorado College is one of only 5 universities in the state of Colorado to offer the Reading Specialist Endorsement.

LISCP Enrollment Requirements

A bachelor’s degree, letter of intent, two letters of

recommendation, and attendance at an informational session are required to enroll.

LISCP Informational Sessions
Before enrolling, all interested teachers must attend an informational session. Teleconference accommodations may be provided to those unable to attend in person. The session will detail the Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program’s curriculum and course requirements as well as national certification eligibility from ALTA once the course is completed.

Upcoming Informational Sessions for Summer 2019



February 28th

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Skyview Academy

6161 Business Center Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO

March 14th

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Skyview Academy

6161 Business Center Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO


March 18th

5:00 - 6:00pm

Library 21C, Room B6

February 5th 

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Library 21C, CreateSpace

Colorado College

January 31st, 2019

February 13th, 2019

4:00pm - 5:30 pm
1107 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO  80903


4:30 - 5:30 pm

Skyview Academy

6161 Business Center Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO

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Greenwood Village

(720) 577-5151

Colorado Springs

(719) 227-0026(720) 577-5151