New Praxis Exam:  Beginning September 1, 2012, the paper/pencil version of the Reading Specialist exam will no longer be offered in Pennsylvania.  To take the place of the paper/pencil exam, a computer based exam is being offered in Harrisburg.  

More Information
 www.ets.org/praxis/register  


 

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 Contact Information

Reading Program
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717)-477-1688                                                                                                                                               

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Master's of Reading Program Description and Requirements


                            Master's of Reading Handbook - July 5, 2013

The Master's of Reading Program at Shippensburg University requires that candidates pass through various status categories from admission to graduation. The following describes those categories and the requirements. The status categories are: Foundational Status, Practicum Status and Program completion. During the admission process, each candidate meets with a reading faculty member and signs a planning sheet which outlines the candidate's course of study.  The following planning sheet is presently active:    Fall, 2014 Planning Sheet


Foundational Status  

Foundational Status is granted to candidates who have completed all admission procedures and been granted foundational status by assigned advisor.  Foundational Status enables candidates to enroll in foundational status classes.

Courses (Taken in Any Sequence)

  1. EEC423 Effective Instructional Strategies for Children with Exceptionalities
  2. EEC483 Assessing Children with Exceptionalities
  3. RDG524 Diversity's Impact on Literacy Instruction in a Standards Aligned System
  4. TCH600 Elements of Research
  5. RDG537 Brain Based Literacy Strategies for Literacy Learners Experiencing Difficulties
  6. RDG528 Foundations of Literacy Development
  7. RDG529 Reading and Reasoning Beyond the Primary Grades
Additional Requirements
  1. Meet ‘standard expectations’ in professional dispositions
  2. Maintain GPA of 3.0 – at least a B grade in all coursework
  3. Electronic Portfolio approved by advisor per manual directions

Practicum Status 

Practicum Status is granted to candidates who have completed all Foundational Level Courses and Requirements.  Awarding of Practicum Status enables candidates to enroll in practicum level courses.  To enroll in practicum level courses, email the Teacher Education Department Secretary.

Courses (MUST be taken in Sequence)

  1. RDG532 Diagnosis and Assessment
  2. RDG533 Advanced Diagnosis and Assessment
  3. RDG534 Practicum in Reading
  4. RDG535 Seminar in Language, Literacy and Reading

Additional Requirements 

  1. Meet ‘standard expectations’ in professional dispositions
  2. Maintain GPA of 3.0 – at least a B grade in all coursework
  3. Electronic Portfolio approved by advisor per manual directions.
  4. Passing Score on Reading Specialist Praxis Exam.

 Program Completion Status is granted to candidates who have completed all Practicum Level Requirements. 


Graduation  

 Applying for Graduation  A candidate who has met all the above requirements IS NOT REQUIRED to apply for certification as a Reading Specialist to be granted a Master's in Reading.  However, a passing score on the Reading Specialist Praxis Exam is needed to be awarded a Master's of Reading Degree.  To apply for graduation, go to: http://www.ship.edu/Registrar/Graduation/Graduation_Process/ 


 

Qualifying Exam Information - Beginning September 1, 2011, the Reading Faculty has phased out the qualifying exam.  In it's place an electronic portfolio is required.  HOWEVER, candidates who began their master's program before September 2009 are still required to complete and pass the qualifying exam.  To get more information and to register for the qualifying exam, contact Dr. Janet Bufalino.