Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Reading Specialist Certification (K-12)
Program Highlights & Benefits
Blended format or 100% online
2 year completion time, including holiday breaks
Finish one course every eight weeks
No weekend classes
For the experienced teacher holding a teaching certificate, this program offers an opportunity to learn new ways to assist students in learning to read, write, and communicate effectively.
What You Learn
The hallmark of students who complete a program of studies in the School of Education at Holy Family University is a love of learning, a passion that manifests itself in two ways. The first is a drive for both personal and professional growth, resulting in the mastery of content to be taught and the pedagogical skills needed to create effective classrooms. The second is an affirmation of the dignity of each human person. Students take the initiative to learn about others and the diverse viewpoints they contribute to society. Their passion for learning is rooted in their deep respect for students, parents, and colleagues; a respect that prompts them to provide the kind of instruction that will maximize student achievement and challenge themselves and others to think deeply about their experiences and their learning. As a consequence, our graduates lead by example and model for their students and colleagues the intellectual and moral rigor that characterizes the very best of educators.
How You Learn
This program is offered in two different formats. There is a blended option or an online option. You will select the option that you prefer.
Blended Option: This is a blended cohort. For three nights out of each 8-week course, a face-to-face class session 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, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically outside of class. You will finish one course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 years.
Online Option: This is a fully online cohort. There is, however, a 6 credit field experience (100 hours required for certification). The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires the PDE 430 form for reading specialist candidates. Although you will be taking classes online, you will need someone to observe your teaching so that PDE 430 forms can be submitted for certification. You will log into the online classroom using our online learning management system to participate in online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically. You will finish one course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 years.
*Occasionally classes are offered in 14 week sessions over the summer-Summer courses will be completed in 6 1/2 weeks
Upon completion of this program students will have earned a Master of Education degree and will be eligible for PA Reading Specialist certification in the state of Pennsylvania. Students must pass a PRAXIS exam to earn the Reading Specialist certification.
Master of Education with Reading Specialist Certification (K-12)
|EDUC 578||Legal, Social & Political Issues in School/Com||3|
|EDUC 601*||Psychology of Reading||3|
|EDUC 603*||Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties||3|
|EDUC 604||Reading in the Content Areas||3|
|EDUC 527*||Process & Pedagogy of Communication||3|
|EDUC 605*||Remediation of Reading Difficulties||3|
|EDUC 606*||Structure of School Reading Programs||3|
|EDUC 607*||Seminar in Reading Research||3|
|EDUC 616*||Supervised Field Experience in Reading||3|
|EDUC 617*||Supervised Field Experience in Reading||3|
|Total Credit Hours:||30|
This is only an introduction to the program. Coursework may be taken in a different order.
Courses denoted with a asterisk (*) make up the Reading Specialist Certification only.
AADL (Adaptations and Accommodations for Diverse Learners: 3+1) competency equivalencies (EDSP 571 Foundations in Inclusive Education, EDSP 572 Assessment in Inclusive Education , EDSP 573 Effective Instruction in Inclusive Education, and EDUC 556 Addressing the Needs of English Language Learners or equivalent) are requirement for this certification.This requirement will affect applicants who hold teaching certificates issued prior to the AADL changes.