Program Coordinator: Lisa Buckler
Program Delivery Format: Online (Hybrid delivery, mix of online and in-person, is available for School Partnership cohorts), 8-week sessions.
Total Credits: 36/37
- TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language)
- Dyslexia (Wilson Reding Certification)
Average Completion Time: 24 months
Admission: Fall, Spring, and Summer (two admission options each semester, six entry points a year)
For more information contact:
Graduate Admissions: Crystal Perry, Assistant Director, Graduate Enrollment Management
McDaniel Graduate and Professional Studies - email@example.com or 410.857.2500.
The graduate program for certification of reading specialists is designed to create contemporary leaders in literacy education. The program offers a comprehensive approach to reading instruction and incorporates current research, theoretical perspectives, informed practice, and thoughtful reflection. Candidates implement a repertoire of assessment procedures and instructional techniques to address the needs of diverse learners. In addition, graduate candidates develop the capacity to coordinate and enhance school-wide literacy through professional development initiatives, literacy coaching, mentoring experiences, and collaboration with professional colleagues, support teams, parents, and students. In addition to core reading specialist coursework, candidates select an area of specialization: teaching English learners or dyslexia.
This comprehensive 36-credit graduate reading program has been evaluated and approved by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, International Literacy Association (ILA), and the Maryland State Department of Education. Pennsylvania State Department of Education guidelines are addressed during the advisement process for students seeking employment and/or licensure in Pennsylvania. The RDS program adheres to the ILA Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals (2017). Embedded in course content and program level assessments are the seven standards: 1) Foundational knowledge, 2) Curriculum and instruction, 3) Assessment and evaluation, 4) Diversity and equity 5) Learners and the literate environment, 6) Professional learning and leadership, 7) Practicum/clinical experiences.
In addition to successfully completing the practicum and fulfilling the 36-credit course requirements with a 3.00 GPA, candidates must pass a comprehensive written examination or complete a thesis as approved by the Program Coordinator.
Candidates may consider writing a thesis as a culminating experience for program completion. This option is particularly valuable for students considering the pursuit of a doctorate or those with a well-defined research interest. Successful completion of the thesis is used in place of the comprehensive exam and credits earned from work on the thesis may count as the 3-credit program elective.