Applicants who have elementary or secondary certification are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hour credits of graduate work for the Master of Education degree with specialization in reading. Additional course work may be required if your undergraduate degree does not meet certain prerequisites for the program. A background course that may be required is Teaching of Reading.
NOTE: The background course is in addition to graduate program requirements and must be completed prior to enrollment in any graduate reading courses.
All students will be admitted on an initial basis. You will be fully admitted to the program when you successfully complete the initial requirements. To be considered for admission, you must provide the following:
- Graduate admission application
- Transcripts of all undergraduate/graduate work
- GPA of 3.0 on previous undergraduate course work
- Three letters of reference from educators in the field
- Supplementary Data Form
Once we receive your application materials, a member of the reading faculty from the Department of Teacher Education will interview candidates. You will not be interviewed if you have not submitted all the documentation required for initial admission. At the time of the interview, a planning sheet outlining a program of courses will be developed. This planning sheet, approved by your advisor/interviewer, must be completed and placed on file in the Department of Teacher Education.
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The program requires candidates to pass through various status categories from admission to graduation. The status categories are: 1) Foundational Status, 2) Practicum Status, and 3) Program Completion.
See the Graduate Catalog for a complete list of courses and status category requirements. Once you have completed all of the status category requirements with advisor supervision, you will need to pass the Praxis Reading Specialist exam before graduation and/or certification as a reading specialist. We recommend you complete this exam while taking Seminar in Literacy, Language and Reading.
We also offer post-master's and post-baccalaureate training in Reading Recovery. Reading Recovery is an early intervention program used in school districts for at-risk first grade students. The program helps to develop early reading/writing skills and to build successful literacy experiences. Shippensburg University is the State Site for Reading Recovery. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and Ohio State University collaborated to develop and fund this site located on Shippensburg's campus.
There are two levels of Reading Recovery Training: teacher leader training or teacher training. The Teacher Leader Training program is a two-semester 18-credit post-master's program. To be accepted into the program you must be sponsored by a school district or Intermediate Unit Consortium. Included with the training program and the required course work for two semesters, you will be expected to:
- Complete extensive fieldwork
- Work individually with four Reading Recovery children each day
- Demonstrate teaching in front of a one-way observation window with at least three Reading Recovery children
- Lead a seminar of Reading Recovery teachers to learn the techniques of a Teacher Leader
- Perform arranged special collaborative activities designed to help the Teacher Leader candidate explore the full role of the Teacher Leader
- Collect and maintain data on children in accordance with guidelines for evaluation
NOTE: All course work must be taken during one academic year.
The Reading Recovery Teacher Training program is a 6-credit graduate program, which includes one 3-credit course in the fall semester and one 3-credit course in the spring semester. These courses are taught through approved teacher training sites by Teacher Leaders in school-based sites. Contact Dr. Janet Bufalino, Site Coordinator for Reading Recovery, College of Education and Human Services, at (717) 477-1166 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the program, the application process, or for information on teacher training sites.