Program Highlights & Benefits
2 year or less completion time, including holiday breaks
No GRE or admission tests
No weekend classes
What You Learn
Based on the standards of the International Literacy Association (ILA) for Reading Professionals, current standards for English Language Arts Literacy (ELAL), and the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers (NJPST), the program builds expertise through courses in the theories and processes of reading and writing, diagnosis and remediation, assessment, best practice literacy instruction strategies, program evaluation, coaching techniques, and a practicum. These provide experiences for candidates to work with a variety of approaches and strategies and design, select, and use standard and alternate instruction, assessment, and coaching techniques that fit the needs of diverse students and educators.
All courses include a keystone assessment/artifact that demonstrates the accomplishment of course goals and the integration of acquired knowledge and skills. As candidates progress toward program completion, their course artifacts are archived in an electronic or e-portfolio and monitored by program faculty to ensure compliance with the New Jersey Department of Education’s standards for novice Reading Specialists. By the end of the program, candidates have amassed a substantial body of evidence that they have met Georgian Court’s and the state’s standards for novice Reading Specialists.
How You Learn
This is a cohort program with hybrid and select online courses. For hybrid courses, three nights out of each 7.5-week course, class will be held from 4:45 to 8:45 p.m., the same night of the week for the entire program. These class meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically outside of class. You will generally finish one 3-credit course every 7.5 weeks. Practicum courses may vary. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 years.
Upon completion of this program, students will have earned an M.Ed. with Reading/Literacy Specialization Certification. Program completers with two years full time teaching experience will also be eligible for NJ educational services certification as a Reading Specialist.
|EDC 5201||Nature of the Reading Process||3|
|EDC 5202||Literature for Children & Youth||3|
|EDC 5203||Reading and Writing in the Content Areas||3|
|EDC 5034||Introduction to Learning Disabilities||3|
|EDC 5204||Articulation, Supervision & Evaluation of Reading Programs||3|
|EDC 5027||Literacy for Second Language Learners||3|
|EDC 6201||Assessment and Diagnosis of Reading Problems||3|
|EDC 6202||Research Based Techniques for the Correction of Reading Problems||3|
|EDC 6084||Reading Practicum (completed over an entire semester)||3|
|EDC 5001||Philosophical & Psychological Foundations of Inclusive Education||3|
|EDC 5014||Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools||3|
|Total Credit Hours:||33|
Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy and updates to NJDOE certification regulations.
Program completers who meet the requirements for NJ Department of Education NJ Reading Specialist Certificate apply through GCU’s School of Education. This application requires documentation of HIB training and the completion of a GCU School of Education form by a school administrator to verify at least two years of full time classroom teaching experience.