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Pathways to Structured Literacy


A deeper dive into diagnostic and prescriptive instruction: How to plan and deliver Structured Literacy lessons.

Pathways to Structured Literacy (PSL) is an Orton-Gillingham-based professional development experience focusing on diagnostic and prescriptive literacy instruction. Participants will learn components of a complete Structured Literacy lesson. This IDA-Accredited online offering is perfect for educators who have completed Pathways to Proficient Reading (PPR) and are interested in enhancing their practice in an MTSS/RTII framework.

Our PSL course runs as a stand-alone course. The PSL Practicum is optional and runs twice a year; January and September. The practicum must be completed in one year and is needed for certification purposes. You must begin the practicum no later than five calendar years after completing the Pathways to Structured Literacy course. 


Prerequisite Required

One of these courses must be completed prior to the start date of the Structured Literacy course.

Option #1: Pathways to Proficient Reading (PPR)

Option #2: An IDA-accredited course or rigorous Science of Reading professional development from 2021 or after. Please reach out to Kara Campbell to learn about qualifying courses and professional development -

In order to be eligible to participate in the Structured Literacy Practicum, you must complete the Structured Literacy course, or at least enrolled and completed up to section 5 of the course prior to the Practicum Orientation session.

Pathways to Structured Literacy Course Upcoming Sessions

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Course Details

  • Asynchronous Orientation and Pre-Course Knowledge Inventory Assessment
  • 9 Sections (Click for Detailed Syllabus)
  • 4 live Virtual Community of Practice Sessions (VCoPs) with a facilitator
  • Pacing Guide/Schedule for Coursework
  • 12-Month Access to the AIM Pathways platform to access, review, and apply materials in the classroom when needed
  • Required and Recommended Resources:
    • REQUIRED Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills book - Purchase HERE
    • RECOMMENDED Pathways to Structured Literacy Practitioner Guides Volumes 1 and 2 - Purchase HERE
  • 30 hours available for CEUs
  • Graded Post-Knowledge Assessment

IDA-Accreditation and KPEERI Exam

  • The content of the course is Orton-Gillingham based and aligned to the International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading (KPS). Course completion prepares participants to take the Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI) through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction. Learn more here.

Arcadia University offers three graduate credits with an additional cost for successful completion of the Pathways to Literacy Course and community of practice sessions on the AIM Pathways platform.

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We are proud that both AIM’s Pathways to Proficient Reading and Pathways to Structured Literacy Approach courses are IDA-accredited certifying that course work is aligned with the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

This alignment with the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading means course content and teaching is provided in a manner that graduates can apply the principles and practices of Structured Literacy to support students. Completion of these AIM Pathways courses courses with the Virtual Communities of Practice prepares participants to take the Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI) and receive a Structured Literacy Classroom Teacher Knowledge Certificate when they pass the exam. Individuals who complete the Pathways to Structured Literacy course in addition to the Practicum can also apply for Structured Dyslexia Interventionist Certification.

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