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Reading Specialist

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  • Program Overview

    The M.Ed. in Reading provides training to become a reading professional who can function collaboratively and in a variety of capacities. Preparation consists of theory, application, and implementation of research-based instruction and assessment practices. 

    Candidates who complete the Master of Education in Reading will be eligible to apply for Reading Specialist Certification in Pennsylvania upon successful completion of the degree requirements and passing the Reading Specialist Praxis Exam. The Reading Specialist is trained in instruction and assessment techniques and given leadership opportunities to support and advance literacy programs for students, parents, other educators, and the community.

    Those who already hold a master’s degree in education can add the Reading Specialist Certification by completing the required 27 credits and passing the Reading Specialist Praxis Exam.

    During a specified time in the summer, all candidates must complete 75 hours of clinical experience and attend a mandatory one-day on-campus orientation as part of GEDU 647 Assessment of Literacy Development/Clinical Application (Reading Clinic). The summer clinical experience is completed at an approved site under the supervision of a site based reading specialist and a University faculty supervisor. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Education  requires 25 hours of practicum experience. The 25 hours are integrated in coursework and opportunities to complete the practicum hours vary.