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To enroll in the Reading Specialist certification program at Cedar Crest College, you are required to be certified to teach, regardless of whether or not you are currently employed as a teacher. The Reading Specialist certification program is a 24 to 33-credit graduate-level program approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

Enrolling in the Reading Specialist certification program at Cedar Crest means top professors in the literacy field will prepare you to be a literacy leader and develop expertise in reading strategies so you can provide support to all students in K – 12 classrooms. 

The Cedar Crest program is also one of the few in the region that provides the opportunity to be trained to work with students and support your colleagues as a literacy coach. 

While the program prepares you to be a Reading Specialist, the benefits of this certification do not end there. When you enroll in the Art of Teaching Master of Education program, you can apply elective credits towards earning your Reading Specialist certification. We see you getting the best of both worlds: a master’s degree and a specialized certification.

Other key features of the program include: 

  • Courses are fully online (with the exception of practicum experiences). 
  • Flexible practicum experiences, including summer opportunities 
  • Courses are eligible for Act-48 credit 
  • Discounted tuition rate for teachers currently working in local school districts 

Dive A Little Deeper

Required Courses

REA 503 Reading: Past, Present, and Future (3 cr) 
EDU 514 Reading in the Content Areas (3 cr)
EDU 540 Differentiated Reading Instruction (3 cr)
EDU 584 Teachers as Coaches: Applied Instructional Coaching (3 cr)

REA 505 Word Study and Vocabulary Development (3 cr)
REA 507 Reading Clinic Practicum: Early and Elementary Experience (3 cr)
EDU 587 Data-Driven Decision Making: Focusing on Student Achievement and Success (3 cr/10 hr fieldwork embedded)

Students must complete 1 of the following courses:

REA 508 Reading Clinic Practicum: Middle and High School Experience (3 cr) or
EDU 589 Instructional Coaching: Supporting Teachers Through Action (3 cr/10 hr fieldwork embedded)

*To earn the instructional coaching endorsement concomitantly with the reading specialist certification, certification candidates must choose to take EDU 589 Instructional Coaching: Supporting Teachers Through Action, in addition to the course below within the suggested rotation.

EDU 583 Teachers as Leaders: Organizational Leadership and School Change (3 cr/10 hr fieldwork embedded)

For certification, the student must pass the Reading Specialist Praxis (Computer Test: 5301)

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