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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"Since I have learned the science behind and underneath our words, I will be able to take the guess work and frustration out of teaching my children to read."

Janet | Tuttle

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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 of 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 June)

What does this National Certification mean 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 three 5-hour seminars.
    • Held at Payne Education Center (1 fall, 2 spring)
  3. Complete six 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 knowledge of structure of written language
  • Demonstrate 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 (CALPPC) applications for 2019 are now open!

Applications for acceptance into the CALP Preparatory Course, beginning October 2019, is open. Training dates are October 12, 2019 and two Spring dates which remain TBD (one in January and one in March). Training is held at Payne Education Center in Oklahoma City from 9:00 am - 2 pm. Applicants should read all application documents carefully and completely.

How to Apply:

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


The cost of CALPPC training is $1,400. Scholarships are available upon request for Oklahoma Public School Teachers thanks to the generosity of the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma and the E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation. 


Questions? Reach out to Caroline at 405-755-4205 or [email protected].


Application Deadline: September 30, 2019

Application Approval: October 4, 2019