Reading Specialist Certification, Master of Arts in Education
Carlow University offers a reading specialist certification program
through a Master of Arts in Education degree (MEd) leading to Pre-K, K-12
Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Reading Specialist
Certification with a Dyslexia certificate.
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Become an educational literacy leader
Usually completed in one year, the reading specialist program requires
delivered completely online or in-classroom at our Oakland and Greensburg
campuses. Students may pursue a master’s degree in education or a
With an alarming number of children reading below grade level across the
U.S., the demand for reading specialists is increasing. This program
trains students to support, supplement and extend the instruction of
classroom teaching to further meet the needs of children as determined by
the assessment of the child’s reading skills.
Reading specialist curriculum
centered in the science of reading and dyslexia, students study the ways
children learn to read, the associated developmental skills, and
instructional approaches for effective reading instruction.
The curriculum meets the following guidelines:
National trainings are included from LETRS Certification and Wilson
Reading, as well as, on-site practicums through the
Campus Laboratory School
or regional schools and districts. Students have the opportunity to lead
literacy professional development, integrate assessment with children, and
engage stakeholders in the literacy conversation.
Reading Specialist job opportunities
According to the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which measures labor market activity in the U.S. economy, demand for
Instructional Coordinators, like Reading Specialists, will grow 6%
School districts hire reading specialists to:
- Support students and teachers
- Work with intervention services
- Coordinate reading programs
For 30-credit MEd: Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) with initial
certification in a relevant educational field (teacher, guidance
counselor, school librarian, school psychologist, etc.)
For 25-credit Reading Specialist program: Master’s degree (MA, MS, MEd,
etc.) and initial certification in a relevant educational field (see
- Cumulative 3.0 undergraduate or graduate GPA
Successful completion of
background checks/PA clearances
Students who have earned and been awarded a master’s degree, at least 19
of the 25 required credit hours toward the reading specialist
certification must be awarded at Carlow University; this includes the
specific linguistic courses.
Tuition and fees.