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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 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 and are interested in enhancing their practice in an MTSS/RTII framework.

You may enroll in Pathways to Structured Literacy as a stand-alone course without the practicum. You may also enroll in Pathways to Structured Literacy with practicum. The practicum must be completed in one year, but does not need to be completed concurrently with the course. However, you must begin the practicum no later than five calendar years after beginning Pathways to Structured Literacy. 

Pathways to Proficient Reading is the prerequisite for the Pathways to Structured Literacy and must be completed before you can start.


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Open Enrollment Courses

January 4, 2023 - June 7, 2023

Cohort 1

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Registration Limited

Please contact Client Support for registration.

See course book requirement below

Cost for Course: $950

January 4, 2023 - June 7, 2023

Cohort 2

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See course book requirement below

Cost for Course: $950

March 14, 2023 - June 20, 2023

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Registration Limited

See course book requirement below

Cost for Course: $950

Open Enrollment Practicum

September 2023 Practicum

Registration to come

Cost for Practicum: $2500

Entire Course is Taken Online


Completion of Pathways to Proficient Reading Is Required Before Enrolling in this Course

Defining Advantages

  • Translates knowledge into practice with step-by-step instruction, with interactive content and resources for assessment, scope and sequence, and lesson planning for direct classroom use.
  • 24/7 asynchronous learning, allowing participants to advance at their own pace and convenience, without compromising instructional time.
  • Expert AIM facilitators support participants in live sessions focused on breaking down components of complete Structured Literacy lessons.
  • Course participants can sit for the KPEERI exam and have two options to receive certification from the Center for Effective Reading Instruction: Course Completion—Structured Literacy Classroom Teacher Certificate; 60-Hour Practicum—Certified Structured Literacy Interventionist.

Course Details:

  • Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language SkillsBook Required: Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills (4th Edition). Purchase Here 
  • Prerequisite: Completion of Pathways to Proficient Reading
  • For those working in English language learning, special education, or general education. 
  • Continues to strengthen educators’ knowledge and understanding of the science of reading by providing multiple opportunities to apply this knowledge to classroom instruction.
  • Open to both individual educators and cohorts.
  • 3 graduate credits available for course as well as practicum.
  • An experience of roughly 30 hours completed in one year or less. (Optional Practicum—60 hours)
  • Contains a vast resource library of videos, articles and exercises for educators to use in their practice. Read Course Syllabus Here
  • Includes 9-Sections
  • 4 Synchronous Virtual Community of Practice Sessions with an AIM facilitator
  • Comprehensive exam
  • 36 hours available for CEUs

Pathways to Structured Literacy Practicum

In addition to the full online Pathways to Structured Literacy Course, individuals enrolling in the Pathways to Structured Literacy will receive:

  • 60 supervised contact hours with student(s), submission of lesson plans, student profile(s), and other required documentation
  • 6 formal observations with feedback
  • 10 virtual implementation meetings
  • Participants who complete the practicum will be eligible to sit for the KPEERI exam which can lead to certification as a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist from CERI.
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Preparing Educators for Structured Literacy Certification with Center for Effective Reading Instruction

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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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