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Reading Specialist

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  • Advance your ability to support your students, broaden your professional options, and further your career.

    Are you passionate about transforming lives through the magic of words? Do you believe in the profound impact of literacy on individuals and communities? Elevate your career and make a difference by enrolling in Gannon’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading and Reading Specialist Certification programs.

    • Online, asynchronous courses offered in seven-week sessions
    • 21-credit program to obtain Reading Specialist Certification
    • 30-credit program to obtain Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading degree and Reading Specialist Certification

    Both program options include 42 hours of clinical experience.  To obtain Reading Specialist Certification, the graduate student must take and pass the Praxis test.

    Upon completion of the program, you'll be prepared to make a meaningful impact on students' lives as a certified Reading Specialist.  Whether in K-12 schools, literacy centers, or educational leadership roles, your expertise will be in high demand.

    Course Requirements

    Course requirements for Reading Specialist Certification (21 credits):

    GEDU 626: Foundations of Literacy 3
    GEDU 627: Content Literacy 3
    GEDU 631: Assessment and Application 3
    GEDU 638: Word Knowledge 3
    GEDU 642: Writing Essentials 3
    GEDU 634: Literacy Leadership 3
    GEDU 639: Reading Clinic 3
    Total Credits 21

    Additional course requirements for the Master of Education in Reading degree (9 credits):

    GEDU 520: Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners 3
    GEDU 601: Action Research 3
    GEDU 644: Student-Centered Action Research 3
    Total Credits 9


    Expert Faculty: Learn from dedicated professors and experienced reading specialists who are committed to your success.

    Cutting-Edge Curriculum: Our program integrates the latest research and best practices in literacy education, ensuring you are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to excel.

    Hands-On Experience: Gain practical, real-world experience through observation and practicum, allowing you to apply theory to the classroom setting.

    Flexible Learning Options: Online learning provides flexible options to accommodate your schedule and learning style. Decide how quickly you want to complete the program!

    Networking Opportunities: Connect with a community of educators, mentors, and professionals passionate about literacy, fostering collaboration and support.

    Investment: Gannon offers highly competitive tuition rates and a great process for any candidates receiving school district reimbursement.

    Program Contacts

    Program Director:

    Dr. Lisa Brown
    Curriculum, Plans of Study, Paths to Certification, etc.


    Zack Schafer
    Cost Estimates, Application Procedures, etc.


    We are now accepting applications for the upcoming Fall 2024 semester (8/19 start).  You can get started by submitting an online application at

    In addition to a submitted application, candidates will be asked to submit:

    • Two letters of recommendation from college professors, principals, or other qualified educators
    • Final, official transcript showing completion of a Bachelor’s degree in an education related field from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Official transcripts from all other prior institutions
    • A valid Instructional I or II certificate

    Application materials may be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions by email ( or mail (Attn: Office of Graduate Admissions, Gannon University, 109 University Square, Erie, PA 16541).


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    Many school districts and employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees who choose to further their education.  If your employer provides this perk, Gannon University offers the following plans:

    • If your employer offers a 100% tuition reimbursement program, you may defer the balance of your semester bill until 45 days after the end of the semester. A signed reimbursement form and $100 down payment is required by the semester bill due date. No interest will be charged.
    • If your employer offers a partial reimbursement program, you may defer your employer's portion of the tuition until 45 days after the end of the semester. A signed reimbursement form and payment for the amount not covered by your employer is required by the semester bill due date. No interest will be charged.

    To utilize this deferment option, please submit a signed school district reimbursement form and your applicable down payment by the semester bill due date. Payment can be made on your student account in Gannon Self-Service and school district reimbursement forms may be submitted to