Master of Education with Certification
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CLASSES OFFERED IN AN ONLINE/BLENDED FORMAT
The Master of Education with Reading Specialist Certification is an online/blended program designed to meet the needs of working professionals. The goals of the program are
If you already hold a Master of Education degree, you may be interested in the Reading Specialist Certification program or our Instructional Coach Endorsement Certificate.
M.Ed. Reading Specialist Certification
Program Completion Requirements:
* Applicants who hold out-of-state certification or invalid PA
The Graduate Reading program does not
Applicants who hold a valid Pennsylvania (PA) Instructional I or II Certificate, have taken the Praxis Reading Specialist Exam and successfully completed all required reading education and degree requirements will be issued a Master of Education degree. Those who have passed the Praxis Reading Specialist Exam and have met the preceding requirements will be recommended to the PA Department of Education for Reading Specialist certification.
Program Completion: All students accepted into the programs described above must complete all requirements within six (6) calendar years.
Application Information: To apply for either the Masters of Education in Reading program (which includes Reading Specialist certification) or for the Reading Specialist certification program, visit the Graduate Admissions website and follow the application procedures. For this program, the admissions requirement of an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be satisfied by any one of the following:
Three Application Form/ Recommendation Forms must be used for recommendations in the application packet. Recommendations should be requested from professionals in the field, e.g., principal, professional colleague,
Application for Candidacy: All teachers accepted into the program (excluding those on probationary status) should make
Don’t be afraid to reach out, professors are always available. Don’t be afraid to speak up during class because in grad school your classmates are coming from all over, including different districts, and it’s important to hear what each other experiences.Logan Metcalf, 2022
Fall semester: August 1st
Spring semester: December 1st
Summer sessions: May 1st
I. Required Coursework (27 hours)
Program Check sheets
II. Required Electives (9 hours)
Candidates are advised to select electives that will benefit them as reading specialists/literacy coaches. Courses related to diversity, children's literature, writing instruction, curriculum, and technology are highly recommended. Courses in other areas may be taken in consultation with their advisors. Please know that EDW courses will not count as electives in the Program.
III. Comprehensive Program Portfolio
As a summative evaluation, a comprehensive program portfolio is required. The portfolio will reflect the professional standards of the International Literacy Association. Candidates must have completed all their reading courses or be enrolled in their final reading course in order to present their comprehensive portfolios. Presentations will be made to graduate reading faculty three times during the
The Program is recognized by the International Literacy Association and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
IV. Completion of
In order to graduate, all candidates must take or provide proof of registration for the Reading Specialist Praxis Exam and have official scores on file at Kutztown University. In order to receive reading specialist certification, candidates must pass the Reading Specialist Praxis Exam and apply for certification.
Application for Graduation:
Application for graduation must be made through MyKU, following the directions provided. Candidates should contact the Registrar's Office for questions. Please note that graduation (formal ceremony) occurs only in May and December. However, recommendations to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for issuance of Reading Specialist Certification will be made upon completion of all requirements. Also, for salary purposes, upon request, a letter can be sent to a school district indicating completion of program requirements.
Application for Certification:
The Pennsylvania Department of Education now requires that each candidate submit her/his application online using the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS).
Student Learning Outcomes