CU Dyslexia Therapy Program Accredited by International Dyslexia Association

Hattiesburg, MS, May 23, 2014 - he International Dyslexia Association (IDA) recently announced that William Carey University’s Master of Education in Dyslexia Therapy program is one of eight university programs in the U.S. that has received accreditation from IDA for having met the standards outlined in the IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

WCU’s inaugural Dyslexia Therapy cohort began classes in summer 2013 and were recognized with a Red Coat Ceremony the following October. The dyslexia therapy students, representing public and private schools statewide, are currently working with dyslexic students in a supervised clinical internship program that will continue until the completion of the two-year program in May 2015.

The International Dyslexia Association is a non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia as well as related language-based learning differences. The IDA operates 43 branches throughout the United States and Canada and has global partners in 20 countries, including Australia, Brazil, England, Germany, Ireland, and Japan.

For additional information about WCU’s dyslexia therapy program, contact Dr. Cena Holifield, coordinator of the program, at

Pictured are students and a professor in William Carey University’s Master of Education in Dyslexia Therapy program, which was recently received accreditation from the International Dyslexia Association. The students are Jennifer Acosta, Bay St. Louis; Morgan Allsup, Petal; Marcia Barksdale, Ocean Springs; Sue Boutwell, Hattiesburg; Tracie Craft, Vancleave; Hollie Davis, Brandon; Holli Hinton, Laurel; Tina Litton, Petal; Heather Maxwell, Summit; April McCrary, Meridian; Donna Meloling, Magee; Jo Ann Mestayer, Waveland; Lynda Miller, Duncan; Regina Mills, Waynesboro; Cindy Peden, Oak Grove; Jessica Powell, Petal; Sara Sensenig, Laurel; Greta Singletary, Picayune; Brandi Smith, Brandon; Pearlie Smith, Oak Grove; Kelly Sumrall, Petal; Courtney Thrash, Heidelberg; Susan Whitcomb, Hattiesburg, and Rai Thompson, instructor of dyslexia therapy