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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.


Training Program Completion

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

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:

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.


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.


Examination Requirement

Before a license may be issued, all applicants must pass the ALTA Competency Examination for MSLE, Therapist Level.

ALTA Competency Exam

The ALTA Competency Exam is the examination applicants must pass to qualify for licensure. If you do not hold a current certification with ALTA, you must contact ALTA for instructions to register for the exam.

For more information, please see the exam information page.


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.