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Elementary and Early Childhood Education 

 Reading Specialist Degree (M. Ed.) Program 




This graduate degree is a 36-hour program designed to promote the development of reading professionals who are able to play a variety of roles from kindergarten through twelfth grade. These roles include classroom reading teacher, diagnostic remedial specialist, developmental study skills specialist, consultant, or resource specialist. All candidates completing this program are eligible to receive Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certification after achieving a passing score on the Praxis II test in Reading. This certification is required for all Title I teachers in the Commonwealth of PA.

The required courses for the Master of Education degree concentration in reading are listed below:

  • ELEC 608 Foundations of Literacy
  • ELEC 610 The Reading Program in the
  • Elementary School
  • ELEC 612 The Reading Program in the Middle
  • Secondary School
  • ELEC 622 Understanding Reading Difficulties
  • ELEC 625 Practicum: Assessment and Instruction
  • for the Reading Specialist
  • ELEC 629 Practicum: Organization and
  • Administration of the School
  • Reading Programs
  • ELEC 633 Resource Materials in
  • Children’s Literature
  • SEFE 604 Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • SEFE 606 Social Foundations of Education
  • SEFE 680 Crucial Issues in Education
RESEARCH AND STATISTICS (6 credits required)
  • ELEC 627 Reading Research
  • SEFE 696 Elements of Qualitative Research OR
  • SEFE 602 Univariate Statistical Methods
  • (6 credits on the advice of advisor)

For more information on this degree, please visit Graduate Admissions.

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