Glossary

Location of Services
Learning Disabilities Terminology
Professional Credentials and Titles
Standardized Tests

Location of Services

  • Northern Marin: Novato
  • Western Marin: Woodacre, Nicasio, Lagunitas, Point Reyes
  • Central Marin: Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, Fairfax, San Rafael
  • Southern Marin: Mill Valley, Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere
  • All Marin: all of Marin County locations
  • Other: e.g., San Francisco, Sonoma County – see individual provider

Learning Disabilities Terminology

A very comprehensive glossary of terms can be found in the Guide to Disability Services for the North Bay, 1988, available online at http://www.matrixparents.org/GuideAppendix.html or from the Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center, 800-578-2592.

Professional Credentials and Titles 

Educational Therapist: a professional who combines educational and therapeutic approaches for evaluation, remediation, case management and communications/advocacy on behalf of children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities or learning problems. These problems include, but are not limited to: dyslexia; attention deficit disorders, reading, writing, language, or math disabilities; low motivation levels; low academic self-esteem; and poor social, organizational, and study skills. Educational therapists also are concerned with appropriate school and college placements and job performance skills.
There are three levels of Educational Therapist: BCET (Board Certified Educational Therapist), ET/P (Educational Therapist/Professional, and Associate Educational Therapist.

Definition from the Association of Educational Therapists

http://www.aetonline.org/whoarewe.htm

CCC-SLP (Clinical Certification of Competence as a Speech and Language Pathologist): a speech and language clinician who has completed supervised training and a stringent national examination in order to provide private speech and language services including helping people develop their communication abilities and treating speech, language, and voice disorders.

Definition from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association 

http://www.asha.org/about/index.cfm#b

Content Tutor: a certified teacher or provider with expertise in a particular subject who provides instruction in that subject

CSDA (Certified Senior Disability Analyst): a professional certified by the American Board of Disability Analysts to provide evaluation and treatment to physically and/or mentally disabled persons of all ages

DSW: Doctor of Social Work

EdD: Doctor of Education

Fast ForWord Language Program: an interactive, computer-based training program that builds fundamental language skills critical for reading success and communication.
Definition from Fast For Word Family of Programs
http://www.scilearn.com/prod/index.php3?main=ffwd_l/home&cartid=

LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker): a social worker licensed in California and authorized to employ psychotherapeutic techniques, among other services, with individuals, couples, families, and groups to improve the clients’ quality of life
Definition from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
http://www.bbs.ca.gov/

Learning Specialist: a teacher who has a credential in learning disabilities

LEP (Licensed Educational Psychologist): a psychologist licensed in California and authorized to employ psychotherapeutic techniques, among other services, with individuals, couples, families, and groups to improve the clients’ quality of life
Definition from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
http://www.bbs.ca.gov/

Licensed Psychologist: a psychologist licensed in California. To become licensed, an individual must have an acceptable doctorate degree (a PhD, PsyD, EdD, etc.), practice psychology under direct supervision for two years, and pass the national written examination and the California Board of Psychology’s oral examination
Definition from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
http://www.bbs.ca.gov/

MA: Master of Arts

MAT : Master of Arts and Teaching

MEd : Master of Education

MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist; formerly MFCC or Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor ): a therapist licensed in California and authorized to employ psychotherapeutic techniques with individuals, couples, families, and groups to improve the clients’ interpersonal functions
Definition from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
http://www.bbs.ca.gov/

MS: Master of Science

MSW: Master of Social Work

RSP ( Resource Specialist Program): School district program at single or multiple sites, using specialized techniques, provides instruction and services required to meet the individual needs of students as determined by the School Appraisal Team (SAT).
Definition from the Marin County Office of Education
http://mcoeweb.marin.k12.ca.us/schoolinfo/MCOE_programs_SPED.htm

Slingerland Method: A structured, sequential, simultaneous multi-sensory teaching approach designed to help dyslexic students with speaking, reading, writing, and spelling.
Definition from the Slingerland Institute for Literacy
http://www.slingerland.org/

Teaching Credentials:

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential: a California teaching certificate, which authorizes public school teaching in a self-contained classroom in preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 through 12, and classes organized primarily for adults. Current standards require a teacher to complete a baccalaureate degree, an accredited teacher preparation program, CBEST and U.S. Constitution tests, and the MSAT examination (or equivalent accredited liberal arts subject matter program).
    Definition from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • California Single Subject Clear Credential: a California teaching certificate which authorizes public school teaching in a departmentalized classroom, such as Math or English at the middle school or high school level, in preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 through 12, and classes organized primarily for adults. Current standards require a teacher to complete a baccalaureate degree, an accredited teacher preparation program, CBEST and U.S. Constitution tests, and the appropriate subject-matter examination (or equivalent accredited subject-matter program).
    Definition from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Standardized Tests

ACT: a 3-hour college admission test that includes four subject tests in English, math, reading, and science reasoning. Colleges may use this test as an initial screening tool in evaluating applicants. Virtually all colleges accept scores on the ACT test.

CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test): a test of reading, writing, and math skills required before a teacher can apply for a California teaching credential

CHSPE (California High School Proficiency Examinations): a test to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma. Available to students over 16 years old.

GED (General Education Development) Test: a test for adults to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma. Available to persons over 18 years old.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination): a 3 _-hour graduate school admission test of verbal, quantitative, and analytic ability

HSPT (High School Placement Test): a 2 _ -hour test for eighth graders used nationally for admission and placement in Catholic high schools

SAT I: a 3-hour college admission test that includes assessments of verbal and math reasoning. Colleges may use this test as an initial screening tool in evaluating applicants. Scores on the SAT I test are accepted by virtually all colleges.

SAT II (formerly know as Achievement Tests): a group of 1-hour tests in specific subjects in English, mathematics, history and social studies, foreign languages, and physical sciences. Some colleges and universities require scores from SAT II tests (such as math or writing) in addition to SAT I or ACT scores.

SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test): a 2 -hour test for eighth graders used nationally for admission and placement in private high schools. It includes assessment of quantitative, verbal, and reading skills and a writing sample.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a 3-hour test used by schools and colleges to determine English proficiency of non-native speakers of English. It includes assessment of structure and written expression, vocabulary, and reading and listening comprehension.