Standards:  The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has done some terrific work preparing “Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading“.  It contains all the components of effective evidence-based reading instruction.

The Center for Effective Reading Instruction is a partner organization overseeing the certification of individuals and university programs.

Teacher training program certification: IDA certifies teacher training programs that meet those standards. Until now all the certified programs are in the U.S., but wouldn’t it be great if some Canadian universities were to follow!

Individual certification: IDA has also recently announced various certification options for individuals. The first level requires passing an exam, which will be offered in Canada.  Higher levels of certification involves a practicum, various hours of course work, ongoing CEU’s. etc.

FREE online training modules: Anyone can take advantage of the free online training modules which are being hosted on the Reading Rockets website.  Check them out!!

Additional resources are also suggested for individuals preparing for the certification exam:

  • Expert Perspectives on Interventions for Reading by L.C. Moats, K.E. Dakin, &  R.M. Joshi (2012)
  • Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, Pre-K-6 by M. Hougen & S. Smartt (2012)
  • Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills by J.R. Birsh (2011)