School district superintendents are increasingly emphasizing the need for teachers to have a strong background in the teaching of reading. The Reading Specialist program enables teachers who already hold a PA Instructional certification to obtain both Reading Specialist K-12 certification and a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in reading. The Reading Specialist Certification requires 24 credit hours and successful completion of EDU 645-A Reading Specialist Internship, and successful completion of the state required examinations. The Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Reading requires an additional 12 credits and completion of a culminating experience.
Students who specialize in Reading complete eight required Reading Specialist courses and a supervised internship experience.