Reading Specialist Certification
PA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION CERTIFICATION ONLY—READING SPECIALIST (K-12)
Using a schedule that accommodates those already employed as teachers, this program is designed to be responsive to requirements promulgated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (Division of Teacher Education—Bureau of Teacher Certification and Preparation) requiring that specialists of reading be certified according to specific competencies set forth in the regulations.
Students can earn either a Master of Arts in Education with Certification as a Reading Specialist (36 credits) or Certification only as a Reading Specialist (21 credits).
In addition to the standard admission requirements for Graduate Education, applicants must also provide a valid teaching certificate or evidence of completion of all requirements for certification, including passing scores on all relevant PRAXIS exams.
EDC 617 Reading in the Content Area or
EDC 618 Reading and Writing in Elementary and Special Education
EDC 619 Literacy Difficulties: Diagnosis and Instruction for Reading Specialists and Classroom Teachers
EDC 620 Literacy Difficulties: Assessment and Intervention
EDC 640 Literature for Children and Adolescents Across the Curriculum
EDC 649 The Literacy Coach: Improving the Teaching of Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
EDC 651 Literacy Internship Practicum