Apply for a New Dyslexia Therapist License

A licensed dyslexia therapist may practice in a school, learning center, clinic, or private practice setting.


Educational Requirements

To be eligible for a dyslexia therapist license, you must hold at least a master's degree from an accredited public or private institution of higher education.

ALTA Certification

You will be exempt from providing an official transcript, if you can provide proof of current certification as an Academic Language Therapist, issued by the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). Please include with your application materials a copy of your current ALTA certification as evidence of meeting this requirement.

Official Transcripts

If you are not currently certified by ALTA, you must submit official transcripts. Include with your application an original transcript that verifies the award of a master's degree or higher.

Copies of transcripts are not accepted. TDLR requires an official transcript issued by the college or university, but it does not have to be sent in a sealed envelope. The transcript does not have to be mailed directly from the college or university. Transcripts may be faxed to TDLR , but only if they are faxed directly from the school’s official registrar to the fax number provided on the application. The fax must contain sufficient information to identify the applicant.


Training Program Completion

You must complete a multisensory structured language education training program to meet the training qualifications for a dyslexia therapist license.

ALTA Certification

If you can provide proof of current certification as an Academic Language Therapist issued by the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA), you will be exempt from the training program requirement. Please include with your application materials a copy of your current ALTA certification as evidence of meeting this requirement.

Proof of Completion

If you are not currently certified by ALTA, you must submit proof of successful completion of an approved training program accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) that includes, at a minimum:

  • 200 hours of course work in multisensory structured language education
  • 700 hours of supervised clinical experience in multisensory structured language education
  • 10 demonstration lessons of the practice of multisensory structured language education, each observed by an instructor

You should include copies of the certificate(s) and/or letter(s) showing the number of completed coursework hours, supervised clinical hours, and demonstration lessons from your International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) accredited training program. If the certificates do not show the specific number of completed hours and/or demonstration lessons, you must submit a letter from the training program outlining these requirements.

Non-Accredited Training Programs

If your training program is not accredited by IMSLEC, it must be reviewed and approved by TDLR before you may be approved for licensure. In order to be reviewed, the training program must submit any and all relevant documentation that verifies that the training program and its instructors meet the requirements of the rules. Please read the rules carefully to ensure that you qualify for licensure, as all fees submitted to TDLR are non-refundable. Please email customer service as soon as possible to initiate a review of a training program.


Application and Fee

To apply for a dyslexia therapist license, submit a completed application form (Apply Online or see Dyslexia Therapist and Dyslexia Practitioner Application PDF) along with the associated fee of $150.


National Alliance Exam

Before a license may be issued, all applicants must pass the National Alliance Registration Exam as administered by ALTA.

For more information, please see the exam information page.

NOTE: You will not be required to re-take the exam if you can provide proof of current certification as an Academic Language Therapist issued by the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA).


Dual Licensure Dyslexia Practitioner and Therapist

Persons who are currently licensed as a dyslexia practitioner may apply for a dyslexia therapist license by submitting a new application and fee, official transcripts, and a copy of current certification as an Academic Language Therapist issued by the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA).

If you do not hold an Academic Language Therapist certification from ALTA, please include with your application proof of passing the National Alliance Exam and proof of completing the required training program.


Professional Standards

Licensed Dyslexia Therapists are responsible for reading, understanding, and complying with 16 TAC, §120.90 - Professional Standards and Basis for Disciplinary Actions.


Out-of-State Applicants

A person who does not live or work in Texas can still apply for and attain licensure (as long as he/she meets all of the requirements). However, the license is valid only within the state of Texas and does not permit any special right or privilege in another state. It does not authorize a person to use the title or engage in the practice in another state. It is not a national license.


Applicants with Criminal Convictions

Please see the Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions, which describe the process by which TDLR determines whether a criminal conviction renders an applicant an unsuitable candidate for the license, or whether a conviction warrants revocation or suspension of a license previously granted.

You will need to provide information on all felony and/or misdemeanor offenses. You will need to provide information if you have ever been arrested, charged, convicted, entered a plea of nolo contendere (no contest), a plea of guilty, and/or received deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor. You must also include any convictions which are currently on appeal. If you do not have a criminal history, check "No" on the criminal history questions. Failure to report your criminal history may jeopardize your application.