Reading and Reading Specialist

  • Program Overview

    Preparation in reading is a valuable area of specialization.  The Master of Education in Reading provides a strong foundation for the pedagogical, curricular, and leadership dimensions of the role of a Reading Specialist.   

    The Reading Specialist Certification Program provides training to become a reading professional who can function collaboratively and in a variety of capacities.  Preparation consists of theory, application, and implementation of research-based instruction and assessment practices.  The Reading Specialist is trained in instruction and assessment techniques and given leadership opportunities to promote literacy programs for students, parents, other educators, and the community. Candidates who complete the Master of Education in Reading will be eligible to apply for Reading Specialist Certification in Pennsylvania upon successful completion of the degree requirements and passing the Reading Specialist Praxis Exam. Those who already hold a master’s degree in education can add the Reading Specialist Certification by completing the required 27 credits and passing the Reading Specialist Praxis Exam. 

    All candidates must attend a mandatory one-day on-campus orientation as part of GEDU 647 Assessment of Literacy Development/Clinical Application (Reading Clinic). The remaining clinical experience will be completed at pre-arranged sites and will be under the supervision of a site based Reading Specialist and a University faculty supervisor. 

    What Makes Us Different


    • The Reading Program coursework can be completed online.
    • Candidates who complete the Master of Education in Reading will be eligible to apply for Reading Specialist Certification in Pennsylvania.
    • Candidates who currently have a Master in Education degree have the option of obtaining a Reading Specialist Certificate.



  • Certificate Costs and Career Options

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  • State Authorization

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    Student Success

    Gannon's Online Engagement Coordinator facilitates our online new student orientations, implements strategies to ensure that online students are active in their online courses, and provides general online student support through a variety of high-touch methods to engage students and support student retention efforts. Gannon online students can reach out with general questions about online learning or how to remotely access Gannon's comprehensive student services.