The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council

Standard for Preparation of Dyslexia Teachers and Therapists

IMSLEC's History and Development

1990-1995 Committee of the Orton Dyslexia Society (now the International Dyslexia Association)

Incorporation as an independent accrediting organization

First Annual Meeting of organizers; Bonita Colony elected president

First grant received

Publication of Clinical Studies of Multisensory Language Education for Students with Dyslexia and Related Disorders


Non-profit 501(c)(3) status received

Second Annual Meeting of Organizers

Second grant received


Accreditation Standards and Criteria Adopted

Accreditation Procedures, Handbook approved

Three programs piloted for accreditation

First Formal Candidates approved

Third Annual Meeting of organizers; Joyce Pickering elected president


First on-site evaluation team visits

First accreditations announced (November)

Additional Formal Candidates approved

Fourth Annual Meeting

Publication of Directory of Accredited Programs

1999 (Nov.)

Clinical Studies (2nd ed., revised)

Directory of Accredited Programs (2nd ed.)

Publication of MSLE: Overview of 11 Approaches

2000 CEU Process approved 6th Annual Meeting

Publication of Directory of Accredited Programs and Graduates

7th Annual Meeting


First dual accreditation with ALTA

Founding member organization of the Alliance for Accreditation & Certification, Inc.

8th Annual Meeting


Presented first annual Innovator Awards

9th Annual Meeting


Collaborated with other organizations in The Alliance to begin work on a certifying exam

10th Annual Meeting


19 IMSLEC - accredited training courses participated in field testing a certification exam for MSLE teachers, and therapists

11th Annual Meeting

Valerie Tucker elected president


IMSLEC and ALTA Centers Council merge to form one accrediting organization

The Alliance exam is administered by ALTA

12th Annual Meeting


13th annual meeting held in Dallas

Phyllis Meisel elected president

Alliance Exam administered during the IDA Conference


IMSLEC sends representatives to Alliance Task Force meeting in Baltimore to discuss broadening the Alliance members

14th annual meeting held in Seattle

Ad hoc committee formed to discuss school accreditation


15th Annual Meeting held in Orlando

Maureen Martin elected president

Ad hoc committee formed to update IMSLEC website

32 accredited courses


IMSLEC celebrates its 15th Anniversary in Phoenix, AZ

33 accredited programs

Marty Cooley named first Executive Director


IMSLEC holds annual meeting in Chicago

Continued work on updating website

Converting print directory to a web-based version

Begins sending newsletters via the Internet


Annual meeting held in Baltimore, MD

36 accredited training courses at 87 sites in the U.S.


IMSLEC accredited training courses are recognized by IDA for meeting IDA's Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading

Annual meeting in New Orleans, LA


Accreditation Committee continues to refine process

At the IDA Conference in San Diego, IMSLEC and ALTA exhibit together under the Alliance banner

39 accredited courses


20th anniversary celebration

40 training courses are accredited


IMSLEC adds flexibility to the accreditation process without lowering standards

41 courses are accredited

Annual meetings held in Orlando


Marty Cooley retired

Jana Jones named as Executive Director

IMSLEC added School Recognition for schools implementing accredited MSLE approaches

45 courses are accredited

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