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Reading Specialist Certificate: Curriculum

All students who are accepted into the reading specialist certificate program will be assigned an adviser from the reading specialist faculty. This adviser is responsible for informing you about program requirements, administering the comprehensive examination, checking graduation requirements and endorsing certification.

Get a description of each of Cal U's reading specialist courses from our Course Catalog.

Below is a recommended framework of courses to earn your certificate.

Reading Specialist Certificate: 30 credits

Core Reading Courses  (21 credits required)

RSP 700 Foundations of Literacy: Theory and Instruction3
RSP 702 Literacy Assessment and Instruction3
RSP 703 Action Research I: Assessment3
RSP 704 Action Research II: Instruction3
RSP 705 Psychology of Reading3
RSP 706     Literacy Leadership3
RSP 734 Content Area Reading3

English Language Learner Courses (3 credits required if not already completed)

*EDU 650 Supporting English Language Learners3

Educational Research Courses (3 credits required)

RES 800 Methods of Research3
ESP 800 Seminar in Advanced Behavior Analysis3

Related Electives

ECE 703 Literacy Development3
EDE 701 Standards Aligned Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
ELE 701 Teaching and Assessment in Language Arts3
ELE 702 Teaching and Assessment in Reading3
EDE 713 Language Acquisition and Development
*ESP 610 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration3
*ESP 611 Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions
ESP 701 Introduction to Behavior Analysis3
*ESP 612 Evidence-based Practices for Pre-K-8 Inclusion
ESP 613 Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Inclusion3
ESP 619 Evidence-based Practices for K-12 Inclusion
PSY 712 Advanced Psychology of Learning3
PSY 720 Neuropsychology of Learning Disorders3
RES 829 Research Project2

*Chapter 49: Two requirements mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Courses may be satisfied with previously taken undergraduate or graduate courses subject to approval of the program coordinator.

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