ILN Structured Reading Specialist Certification

In 2003, President George W. Bush signed a bill into law establishing the Reading First Initiative. This initiative recommended phonics-based reading programs with five essential components: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary Development, Reading Fluency, and Reading Comprehension. An ILN Structured Reading Specialist trained in these areas can help combat our nation’s growing 23% adult illiteracy rate as well as the largest deficiency in 90% of college freshmen—spelling. Believing that illiteracy is ultimately an attack on our nation, hindering people from reading the Bible, ILN is now training Structured Reading Specialists to teach reading, writing, thinking, and spelling with the hopes of influencing others for Christ.

Advantages of Structured Reading Specialist Certification

Using historically successful methods, we present reliable phonics in a logical, highly consistent, manner that eliminates most “exceptions” to the rules. An ILN certified Structured Reading Specialist is qualified to teach spelling, writing, and reading on any level from pre-school to adult. This certification allows teachers to offer remedial instruction or foundational training that increases vocabulary, reading comprehension, and reading fluency.

Training Offered:

To earn the ILN Structured Reading Specialist Program, participants must successfully complete the following three courses:

  • Applied English Linguistics

Prepares students to teach reading through systematic spelling using intensive phonics. This course equips students to teach phonics, reading, and spelling to young children, struggling teens, adult illiterates, and internationals. An emphasis is placed on modeling and practicing these multisensory instructional techniques.                                                                                    
Those who complete this course earn 7.8 CEUs.

  • Phonetic Reading Practicum-two semesters

Allows students to function as a supervised tutor who directly instructs an assigned pupil for a minimum of eighteen one-hour sessions. Certification requires completion of two semesters of training, instructing students from various backgrounds.                                                               

Those who complete each practicum earn 5.2 CEUs per practicum.

As an IACET Accredited Provider, International Language Navigators offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.  International Language Navigators is authorized by IACET to offer 18.2 CEUs for this Structured Reading Specialist Program.  No partial CEUs will be given to registrants who do not complete the course.  For more information about CEUs, please go to

Requirements to earn CEUs for ILN courses are to submit all assignments and receive at least a 70% average on all course work. Students must attend all classes. As stated in the student handbook, students will be excused from classes for illness or other approved circumstances based on the number of times the course meets per week. Courses that meet three times a week will allow 6 excused absences. Courses that meet twice a week will allow 4 excused absences. Courses that meet once a week will allow 2 excused absences.

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Neither International Language Navigators nor any International Language Navigators’ instructor has proprietary interest in any product, instrument, device, service, or material discussed during the learning event.

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