Go to the head of the class and enjoy a rewarding teaching and leadership career as a reading specialist. If you’re already a PreK-12 certified teacher, it’s easy when you enroll in PennWest’s online Reading Specialist Master’s Degree program.
The focus of this fully accredited program is student success. It prepares you to develop and implement evidence-based literary instructional practices and interventions so you can support learners from diverse cultural, social and linguistic backgrounds. A capstone clinical practicum provides an intensive opportunity to apply strategies, skills and knowledge to a one-on-one clinical reading experience with school-aged children.
This program is designed to accommodate the busy schedule of a classroom teacher. You can choose from two concentrations based on your personal interests.
This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Pennsylvania ranks 10th in the country for literacy in fourth-grade students.
Low levels of literacy cost the U.S. approximately $2.2 trillion per year, according to ThinkImpact.
Percentage of PennWest Reading Specialist professors who have a doctoral degree.
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What can I do with a Reading Specialist Master’s degree?
Reading specialists typically work in schools but may also serve as tutors in schools, libraries, community centers and in private settings. In some schools, reading specialists are called on to help develop reading curricula and coordinate various reading and literacy programs. On a community level, the reading specialist may be involved in adult literacy or teach English as a Second Language. Other possible job titles include literacy coach, reading coach and reading intervention specialist.
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.