PA Reading Specialist Certification

Grades K-12

Affordable Tuition


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How to Pay
Online 24 major credits * 1.5 years
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Program Highlights & Benefits

Flexible, online format

1.5 year completion time

No GRE or admission tests

Complete one course every 8 weeks


Professional educators who are seeking certification as a PA K-12 Reading Specialist.

What You Learn

You will learn enhanced reading skills that will enable you to work one-to-one or in small groups with students that are experiencing difficulty reading at grade level. You will obtain the necessary skills to assess students’ reading abilities, identifying deficiencies and creating intervention plans for grade-level students who have been identified in need of additional reading help. The courses will strengthen your ability to teach reading and enable you to work school wide or district wide coaching other teachers in effective reading practices. In addition to assessment and intervention of students with reading deficiencies, you will learn about teaching Reading in the Content Areas, the Reading and Writing Connection, and the skills needed to coach other teachers in the classroom. Receiving your Reading Specialist Certification will also enhance your capacity in the job market by opening other educational avenues. Obtaining the credits for Reading Specialist can also be applied toward gaining permanent certification.

How You Learn

Online Format: This is an online cohort program. No face-to-face class meetings are required, but students will be engaged in an active and engaging online classroom environment that includes assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. One 3-credit practicum course is included in your course schedule, where you will be responsible for completing the mandated number of observation hours required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education prior to certification. These hours will need to be completed in a reading clinic with a practicing reading specialist. You will finish one 3-credit course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 1.5 years.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible for certification as a K-12 Reading Specialist from the state of Pennsylvania by passing the PRAXIS 5302 test through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Degree Requirements

EDUC 515Foundations of Literacy3
EDUC 516Reading and Writing Content3
EDUC 517Literature and Literacy3
EDUC 518Literacy Assessment3
EDUC 519Roles of Reading Specialist3
EDUC 524Content Area Design & Instruction3
EDUC 536Research Methods3
EDUC 569Reading Specialist Practicum3
 Total Credit Hours:24
Please Note:

Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy.

Successful completion of the Praxis 5301 exam is required for certification.

Students will need to complete a 3 credit practicum course in a reading clinic with a practicing reading specialist to satisfy Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements pertaining to field experience and observation hours prior to certification.