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CityU Receives IDA Accreditation for Alignment with IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading

CityU Receives IDA Accreditation for Alignment with IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading

City University of Seattle is pleased to announce that it has received IDA Accreditation for the following three programs for a period of five years:

Accreditation by the International Dyslexia Association is a mark of quality that conveys a commitment to the Knowledge and Practice Standards (KPS) for Teachers of Reading. These standards bring greater specificity to standard assessment in the context of coursework. The KPS provides a comprehensive research-based framework that articulates what all reading teachers and specialists should know and be able to demonstrate to teach reading successfully to all students. The Knowledge and Practice Standards focus on the structure of language and its component systems, their connections to the design and delivery of instruction, and the complex nature of skilled reading. Such knowledge is critical in teaching those with dyslexia and other struggling readers, but all students can benefit from the Structured Literacy approach.

“CityU is committed to the concept of equitable, evidence-based literacy practices,” said Bethany Moffatt, Program Manager for CityU’s School of Education and Leadership. “Across the country, reading proficiency has fallen. According to peer-reviewed research from many disciplines related to the field of education and learning (also known as The Science of Reading), after third grade, students who display reading problems will likely remain poor readers for the rest of their lives without intensive intervention. Our goal is to help educators learn how to address these issues before they become a lifelong challenge for these students. This includes ensuring that we screen and recognize the 15-20% of the population that is affected by areas of weakness associated with dyslexia and learn how to support their learning best.”

CityU’s education programs focus on providing educators with the foundational knowledge and pedagogy they need to provide explicit and systematic literacy instruction and data-driven interventions. CityU’s reading specialty programs are designed to equip educators with the tools and skills necessary to recognize student needs so that they can determine the type of instruction that best accommodates the student and facilitates skilled reading.

About the International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

The International Dyslexia Association aims to create a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need.

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has an accreditation program that rigorously reviews educator preparation programs based on an accreditation model that is uniquely aligned with IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading (KPS). Alignment with the KPS provides programs with a comprehensive standards-based reading preparation framework to guide their curriculum development. Programs that meet these standards are awarded IDA Accreditation.

Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about CityU’s Master in Teaching, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, or Endorsement in Reading, please visit www.cityu.edu or call 888.422.4898.


Published August 17, 2023

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