SLANT® Introductory Course
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Certification in the SLANT System for Structured Literacy begins with a 25-hour course that presents an overview of the SLANT System®, delivered over 4 days. The Introductory Course covers the definition of dyslexia, current research in effective reading approaches, the brain and dyslexia, diagnostic assessment procedures, the scope and sequence of the SLANT System®, the content of a typical lesson, characteristics of students for whom SLANT® is appropriate, and a systematic introduction to language structure (letter/sound relationships, syllable types, & spelling rules). Participants develop an overall understanding and assessment of dyslexia, an understanding of the SLANT System®, learn how to prepare a typical lesson, and gain insight into language structure. The introductory course is a prerequisite for full certification in the SLANT System.
The SLANT System® provides a year long, in-depth training process which can lead to certification in the use of the program. SLANT® certified teachers have demonstrated their ability to use the program with fidelity and have completed 45 hours of course work in structured literacy instruction.
Graduate credit hours are offered as an option, for an additional cost, for both the SLANT System Introductory Course (2 credit hours) as well as the Practicum Seminars (4 credit hours). If a participant opts to receive the graduate credit, they will receive a transcript from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. Illinois CPDUs are provided to all participants in the introductory and practicum at no additional cost.
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