Thank You

Payne relies on generous grants and donations to help underwrite the costs of training for teachers. Here are some of this year's supporters:

  • E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Sarkeys Foundation
  • Kirkpatrick Family Fund
  • Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma
  • The Anschutz Foundation
  • Peggy & Nick Duncan
  • Pi Beta Phi Foundation
  • The Vose Foundation

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"In all my professional experience, I have ever had such a high quality, effective training as Structured Language Basics."
Lindsay | Teacher

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Practitioner Training (CALP)

Become a 

Certified Academic Language Practitioner 


Payne Education Center launched its first ever certification course to become a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) in the fall of 2015.

The Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) certifies CALPs as individuals who are driven to be exceptionally skilled reading teachers and proponents of multisensory, structured language methods for teaching all children to read. 

This opportunity is unique to teachers who have completed Payne’s Structured Language Basics course since 2007. Teachers who apply for this opportunity must:

  1. Attend 2 additional days training
  2. Undergo mentoring by Payne Instructors
  3. Log practicum hours with students
  4. Sit for the Alliance exam, given at Payne Education Center (Usually in the month of June)

What does this National Certification Do for me?

  1. Provides educators with a highly sought designation
  2. Elevates the profession of MSL Educators
  3. Promotes professional expertise to consumers
  4. Allows state, national, and international certification portability to MSL educators
  5. Gives states a guideline for potential licensure

What do I have do to complete my Certification?

  1. Attend Payne’s 5-day Structured Language Basics Course 
  2. Attend 2, 5-hour seminars.
    • Held at Payne Education Center (1 fall, 1 spring)
  3. Complete 5 demonstration lessons with a Payne Qualified Instructor
    • Conducted by video using Sibme
  4. Log 60 hours of Practicum
    • 90 40-minute lessons or equivalent
  5. Pass ALTA’s Alliance Exam, administered at Payne

 What will I be able to do as a CALP?

  • Demonstrate knowledge of language development
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of structure of written language
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of dyslexia, written language disorders & other related disorders
  • Interpret testing
  • Use diagnostic & prescriptive MSL strategies to improve reading, spelling, & written expression
  • Apply relevant research in instructional practice
  • Use Section 504 & IDEA to guide professional conduct & advocacy
  • Follow ethical standards for the profession
  • Communicate effectively orally & in writing with colleagues, parents & other professionals


Certified Academic Language Practitioner Preparatory Course applications for 2018 are now closed. More will be offered in 2019. 

Applications for acceptance into the CALP Preperatory Course, beginning September 2018, have closed. Training dates are September 22, 2018 and February 9, 2019. Training is held at Payne Education Center in Oklahoma City from 9:00 am - 2 pm. Applicants are asked to read all application documents carefully and completely before completing the process.

How to Apply:

  1. Read CALPPC Objectives and Requirements
  2. Follow CALPPC Application Instructions


The cost of CALPPC training is $1,400. Scholarships (50%) are available upon request for Oklahoma Public School Teachers from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma and E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation. 


Questions about this training or the application process should be directed to Caroline at 405-755-4205 or at [email protected].


Application Deadline: August 31, 2018

Application Approval: by September 3, 2018