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Reading Specialist Certificate: Student Teaching and Careers

Practicum

Both practicum courses must be taken in two consecutive semesters. This is because as a requirement of your practicum experience, you will be working in our Reading Center with a child for an entire school year, or the entire 10-week summer session.

Practicum: Diagnostic Case Studies. The purpose of this course is to provide practical experience with determining, in a holistic manner, a child's reading needs, and making suggestions for individualized instruction for those needs in a case study format.

Practicum: Remedial Case Studies. This course must be taken the semester immediately following the completion of the practicum above. You will apply knowledge of materials and methods gained in prerequisite classes to plan and implement a program of instructional intervention for a remedial reader. The course contains a seminar component in which you use modeling and communication skills to discuss and demonstrate plans for reading instruction with other students as well as with the practicing teacher.

Career Opportunities

As a reading specialist, you will be able to help your teaching colleagues improve the quality of reading instruction for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. In addition, you can advise school administrators regarding school-wide and district-wide literacy development and programs. You may also tutor students one-on-one if they are having reading difficulties. Most of our graduates are employed by school districts, while others work in private practice and with community-based literacy programs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for instructional coordinators, particularly those who specialize in the development of reading curricula, should be favorable in the coming years, with a projected employment increase of 22% in the decade spanning 2006 to 2016.

Cal U prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge, integrity, character and experience. With the help of Career Services, we'll connect you to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits.

Some Places Our Graduates Are Working

  • Bethel Park School District
  • California Area School District
  • Canon-McMillan School District
  • Charleroi Area School District
  • Elizabeth Forward School District
  • Frazier School District
  • Gateway School District
  • Keystone Oaks School District
  • Laurel Highlands School District
  • Penn Hills School District
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • South Park School District
  • Trinity Area School District
  • UPMC
  • Upper St. Clair School District
  • West Jefferson Hills School District
  • Yough School District