If you’re a certified K-12 teacher, take the next step in your career by enrolling in the Global Online Reading Specialist Certificate. You can rest assured that PennWest will support you every step of the way. You may continue to work and grow professionally while learning to develop and implement evidence-based literacy practices and interventions in the classroom.
Your online classes will be led by our accomplished faculty – all recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment. You’ll find they will instruct, guide and inspire you to achieve and lead.
Two three-credit practicums are embedded in the core literacy program. Upon completion of your PRAXIS exam and successfully fulfilling this program, you will be ready for certification as a Reading Specialist.
It is your responsibility to register for the Reading Specialist PRAXIS exam and to apply for Reading Specialist Certification.
If you plan to work outside of the Commonwealth of PA, please check the certification requirements for your state to ensure your state's requirements are met.
U.S. News & World Report consistently calls PennWest’s Global Online graduate programs among the best in the nation.
Fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Preparing you to provide culturally and linguistically responsive literacy instruction.
PennWest’s Reading Specialist certificate gives you the flexibility you need to complete this program at your own pace, on your own time.
21 (30 for the M. Ed. In Reading)
What Can I Do with This Certificate?
In today’s society, there’s a growing need for qualified Reading Specialists who understand how to use the science of reading, evidence-based assessments and interventions to improve instructional practices. As a Reading Specialist, you may:
Conditional Admission Requirements
PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.