Master of Education: Reading Specialist
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that those who specialize in the development of reading curricula will see a projected employment increase of 22% through 2016. This jump in the number of reading specialists jobs reflects the need to meet new high standards in education.
There are two options in our reading specialist graduate program, all accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education:
Master's Degree & Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certification 35-36 credits
Advanced Pennslyvania Certification Only 27-33 credits
Master's Degree and Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certification (35-36 credits)
If you choose the master's degree and certification, you may choose to only complete course work or course work along with a research project. Your choice of the degree with "course work only" will be a program that thoroughly prepares you for a work in a literacy classroom by strengthening your use of "best practices" in teaching and provides you with expertise in the many teaching and leadership roles of the reading specialist. Choosing the option of course work and a research project is recommended for individuals interested in research, administration or higher education. Being a strong writer, this will be an excellent experience for you and prepare you for post-graduate research. An RSP Master's degree program requires completion of the required coursework with a 3.00 GPA or higher grade point average and passing a Portfolio Exit Interview. To have advanced certification in either of these options will require completing all the program requirements and passing the Reading Specialist Praxis exam.
Advanced Pennsylvania Certification (27-33 credits)
Your choice of the Advanced Pennsylvania Certification is a program with coursework only. This program will thoroughly prepare you for work in a literacy classroom by strengthening your use of "best practices" in teaching and provide you with the expertise in the many teaching and leadership roles of a reading specialist. To earn advanced certification, a candidate will need to complete all the course requirements, maintain a 3.00 or higher grade point average and pass the Reading Specialist Praxis exam.
For more information, read the Reading Specialist Handbook(.pdf)
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