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Have you considered becoming a reading specialist, Title I teacher or a literacy coach?

Teachers can add the K-12 reading specialist certification and an endorsement in instructional coaching/literacy emphasis to their current teaching certificate, while earning an M.Ed. Reading degree.

  • Our graduate reading programs are perfect for certified teachers who want to:
  • Enhance their knowledge of and expertise in teaching literacy
  • Expand employment opportunities to include reading specialist, literacy coach, and K-12 reading
  • Meet requirements for Level II Certification, Act 48,or an M.Ed. degree

SRU’s M.Ed. Reading programs offer working professionals:

  • Flexibility and convenience with all courses offered exclusively online
  • Small class size
  • Experienced faculty with doctoral degrees who are Experts in their fields


This graduate degree is 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.

For more admission and course information, please open the FACT SHEET


Candidates seeking only to receive Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certification must complete 21 credits of graduate courses in reading. These are the Core Courses found on the Fact Sheet. Candidates must also pass the Praxis II Specialty Test in reading. Should a candidate choose to continue his/her studies toward the attainment of a graduate degree, all of the core course work will count toward the Master of Education degree with a concentration in reading.

For more admission and course information, please open the FACT SHEET


For teachers who are interested in preparing for roles as both reading specialists and instructional coaches, the K-12 Reading Specialist Certification & Instructional Coaching Endorsement--Literacy Emphasis provides additional preparation in instructional coaching with a literacy emphasis and leads to certification as a K-12 reading specialist and an instructional coaching endorsement from PDE.

For more admission and course information, please open the FACT SHEET

K-8 Math and Science (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education in Elementary Education: K-8 Math and Science program is designed to assist certified teachers in becoming leaders in the instruction of mathematics and science through special emphasis on the integration of the two content areas. Graduate candidates in this program do not take courses in math and science content, but rather, take courses to improve their ability to teach math and science by utilizing the tools of technology and state/national standards, and by examining exemplary curricula in math and science.  

For more admission and course information, please open the FACT SHEET

SRU’s M.Ed. in Elementary Education Math and Science offers:

  • Flexibility to fit your busy schedule with classes taught exclusively online
  • A 30-credit hour cohort program that can be completed in 4 semesters, starting in the summer only
  • Curriculum material that focuses on the Common Core Sate Standards
  • Knowledge of new technology, changing markets, and licensing requirements
  • The Standard Aligned System (SAS) requirements to fulfill Level II certification

Attention Applicants: Both the M. Ed. in Reading and the Reading Specialist Certification require 1 professional recommendation and 1 faculty recommendation. If you need a copy of these forms, please download them below. Recommendation forms are to be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions when completed.

Professional Recommendation Form


Faculty Recommendation Form


Contact Information
104 McKay Educational Building
724.738.2042 (Office)
724.738.2779 (Fax)
Elementary and Early Childhood Education Website

Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Suzanne Rose
220 McKay Ed. Bldg.

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Office of Graduate Admissions
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Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1236
Phone 724-738-2051
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Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania