Master of Education and Reading Specialist Certificate

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Are you a classroom teacher who desires to learn more about how to support all readers?  Would you like to earn a M.Ed. to advance your career? The curriculum for the Reading Specialist Certificate of Advanced Study (K-12) program + M.Ed. is designed to provide candidates with opportunities to build specialized knowledge, engage in principled practice in supervised settings, and prepare for leadership roles in schools and school districts.  In addition, candidates take a six-credit sequence of research courses that allow them to study their own practice or advance their knowledge in the field of reading education.  

Quick Facts

Program Duration: 1 year (Full-time students); 2-3 years (Part-time students)
Time Commitment: Full and Part-Time options are available
Term of Enrollment: Rolling
Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
Course Requirements: 30 credits
Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required

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Program Details

Coursework is completed in a blended format of on-campus and online study. Upon completion of the program and a passing score on the Praxis exam, candidates are eligible to earn the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Reading Specialist Certificate. In addition, upon completion of the program and successful performance on the comprehensive exam, candidates earn a Master of Education degree in Reading Education. This program  provides candidates with the PDE-required 24 post-baccalaureate credits to earn the level II teaching certificate. Candidates have the option to participate in a year-long internship in a local school district that provides participants with a tax-free tuition stipend. 

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Degree Requirements

Candidates participate in two practicum courses (elementary and adolescent literacy).  Candidates must successfully complete  a comprehensive exam to earn the M.Ed. degree.


  1. All applicants must have a current teaching certificate.
  2. In addition, students must take the following courses as prerequisites:
Prerequisites Credits
Teaching of Reading OR Language Arts
Human Development OR Educational Psychology 3
Children's or Adolescent Literature 3
Teaching English Language Learners 3
Foundations of Special Education 3
Students with Disabilities in the Classroom (Elementary or Secondary) 3
Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Children with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings 3

3. From the list above, the following courses may be taken as electives throughout the course of the program, if they have not been taken as prerequisites: Teaching of English Language Learners, Foundations of Special Education, Students with Disabilities (Elementary OR Secondary), and Literacy Assessment and Instruction.

Career Pathways

The majority of candidates pursue PreK-12 teaching positions as a reading specialist, literacy coach, or classroom teacher.  In addition, some candidates enter Ed.D. or Ph.D. programs in the field of education or educational leadership.