Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The Reading Specialist certification can be earned outside of the M.S. program but should be coupled with Level I Elementary certification. For certification as a reading specialist (non-degree program) students must
take 27 credits. Students must take 36 credits for the Master’s Degree.

Core Requirements:

  • EDU 671 Writing in the Classroom (3 credits)
  • EDU 700 Psychology of Literacy (3 credits)
  • EDU 701 Literacy Assessment & Instruction K-3 (3 credits)
  • EDU 702 Literacy Assessment & Instruction 4-12 (3 credits)
  • EDU 703 Literacy Research (3 credits)
  • EDU 704 Planning and Organizing Literacy Programs (3 credits)
  • EDU 705 Literacy Practicum (6 credits)

Total credits for Required Courses: 24

Program Electives

Elective Courses:   Electives may be taken in the areas of literacy education, ESL/linguistics, supervisory, special education, or other courses approved by a graduate advisor.

  • PDE Chapter 49 regulation courses if not completed as part of undergraduate program:
  • EDU 646/646F Language & Culture (3 credits)
  • SPE 550 Foundations in Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPE 612 Inclusive Classroom Practices (3 credits)

Literacy and Cultural Diversity Courses:

  • EDU 706 Sociocultural Aspects of Literacy (3 credits)        
  • EDU 708 Multicultural Literature for Children (3 credits)
  • EDU 710 English Linguistics (3 credits)
  • EDU 712 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
  • EDU 713/713F Methods of Teaching English as Second Language (3 credits)
  • EDU 714/714F Internship in ESL/Bilingual Programs (4 credits) 

Reading Supervisory Courses

  • EDL 660 Measurement & Evaluation of Instructional Outcomes (3 credits)
  • EDL 665 Administration, Organizational Culture & Planned Change (3 credits)   
  • EDL 675 Curriculum Development & Practice in Public & Private Schools (3 credits)
  • EDL 680 Law and American Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 769 Advanced Field Work in Literacy (6 credits)