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How to become a specialist teacher

Specialist teachers are qualified to conduct informal, curriculum-based assessments and deliver specialist teaching programmes to learners with dyslexia up to and including 18 years of age. For post-16 educational settings please see How to Become an FE/HE Specialist Tutor

To become a specialist teacher, you need to successfully complete a Level 5 or Level 7 Accredited Teacher/Practitioner Status (AT/PS) accredited course or equivalent.

Once you have completed this training, you can apply for Accredited Teacher/Practitioner Status (AT/PS) with the BDA. For more information see ATS and APS pages.

The routes to Professional Accreditation for Specialist Teachers, Practitioners and Assessors are shown visually in the form of a flowchart here.