Reading Specialist Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 31.0
Instructional Delivery: Online, Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible*
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.1399
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 25-2022; 25-2031

*The current plan of study for this program would only allow for federal financial aid (including Federal Direct Student Loans) for terms that are at least a minimum of 4.5 credits for graduate courses and 6.0 credits for undergraduate courses. This is based on current regulations from the U.S. Department of Education.

About the Program

The Reading Specialist Certificate Program is designed for teachers who already possess an Instructional I certificate in PA or another State who has a desire to become literacy coach, a literacy program/curriculum consultant (for a school, literacy center, etc.), a reading intervention specialist, or to supplement existing knowledge/skills in developing expertise as a reading instructor. The program is designed for teachers who want to obtain another certification as a Reading Specialist. Students completing Drexel's Reading Specialist program would also become eligible to obtain the Wilson Language Instruction Level 1 by the Wilson Language Corporation. Through reciprocity agreements among the states, graduates can transfer their certification in almost any state across the United States. Only students who hold a PA Instructional I or II certificate are eligible to apply for PA Reading Specialist certification. If you hold a certification from another state, you must check with your state’s Department of Education to find out how to obtain certification in your state.

Program Requirements

Reading Specialist Certificate Requirements:
EDLS 550Theories of Reading and Writing3.0
EDLS 555Understanding Literacy through Sociocultural Perspectives3.0
EDLS 560Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (7-12)3.0
EDLS 565Constructing Meaning through Reading and Writing3.0
EDLS 570Literacy and Evaluation3.0
EDLS 575Responding to Children's and Young Adult Literature3.0
EDLS 620Applied Methods in Multisensory Reading Instruction1.0
EDLS 622Basic Word Study I3.0
EDLS 623Basic Word Study II3.0
EDLS 624Multisensory Practicum I1.0
EDLS 625Multisensory Practicum II1.0
EDLS 626Multisensory Practicum III1.0
EDLS 650Designing a Literacy Program3.0
Total Credits31.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
EDLS 6201.0EDLS 5503.0EDLS 555 (10 hr Observation)3.0EDLS 560 (15 hr Practicum in-class activities)*3.0
 EDLS 6223.0EDLS 6233.0EDLS 570 (5 hr Practicum in-class assessment)*3.0
 EDLS 624 (20 hr. Practicum working 1 on 1 with student)*1.0EDLS 625 (20 hr. Practicum working 1 on 1 with student)*1.0EDLS 626 (20 hr Practicum working 1 on 1 with student)*1.0
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Second Year
EDLS 5653.0   
EDLS 575 (Practicum - 3 student interviews)*3.0   
EDLS 650 (20-30 hrs Practicum - clinical component designing literacy program)*3.0   
Total Credits 31

Courses require all students (regardless of being an in-service teacher) to update and submit all required clearances (FBI and all other clearances required of your State/District) to the Field Placement Office via and electronically complete the AY Field Placement Application Form for courses by term for entire academic year. For all clearance information go to the School of Education's Field Placement Office Website.

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