The MSDTA endorses Dyslexia Therapy Master's Degree programs that meet the highest standards of “Dyslexia Therapy” instruction and training.  Instruction must have originated from Orton-Gillingham and be designed specifically for the student whose primary disability is dyslexia. Training must be extensive and meet the guidelines set by the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) for training at the therapy level.

Mississippi College, Clinton, MS - (601) 925-3250



William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS - (601) 318-6587





 "Dyslexia" is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin, characterized by difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition and poor spelling and decoding abilities, which typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction, and secondary consequences which may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge (International Dyslexia Association, 2012).


 “Dyslexia Therapy means an appropriate specialized dyslexia instructional program that is delivered by a Mississippi Department of Education licensed dyslexia therapist which is scientific, research-based, Orton- Gillingham based, and is offered in a small group (MS Code Sec. 37-173-1).


"Dyslexia Therapist" means a professional who has completed training in a department approved Orton-Gillingham based dyslexia therapy training program attaining an AA license in dyslexia therapy or a professional participating in a state approved dyslexia therapy training program to attain a AA license in dyslexia therapy (MS Code Sec. 37- 173-1).