Summer Teacher Training Course
S.M.I.L.A. provides a 140-hour, four-week summer training course. The course runs from Monday – Friday for a month during the summer. Teachers/participants are involved daily in lectures, observations, planning, and application of the format. Participants begin the day with a lecture. Next, they observe a S.M.I.L.A. staff teacher instructing a whole class. Participants then have the opportunity to apply their knowledge while working in a practicum with one to three students. Finally, in preparation for the next day, participants plan a lesson with a S.M.I.L.A. instructor.
The following courses are offered each summer:
Foundations of Literacy – This course incorporates a research-based, structured, and multisensory approach designed to help teach children the acquisition of reading, speaking, listening, writing, and thinking skills.
Integration of Literacy– This course further extends the training provided in the Foundations of Literacy course. Participants will apply skills that utilize advanced techniques in the language continuum to help teach children the acquisition of reading, speaking, listening, writing, and thinking skills.
Third Year Advanced Course – This course is for those individuals who are interested in pursuing Instructor of Teaching Certification. The intern will work under the supervision of an approved Instructor of Teacher Training and train for a minimum of one entire cycle of a teaching level training course.
Foundations of Literacy– Bachelors Degree and Personal Interview with the Executive Director of S.M.I.L.A.
Integration of Literacy – Bachelors Degree, Personal Interview with the Executive Director of S.M.I.L.A., and successful completion of the Foundations of Literacy course.
Third Year Advanced Course – Bachelors Degree, Personal Interview with the Executive Director of S.M.I.L.A. and successful completion of the Integration of Literacy course.
How to apply:
Download the application and mail to:
Simultaneous Multisensory Institute of Language Arts
4539 Big Horn Dr. N
Accredited by IMSLEC and International Dyslexia Association