Applicants who have elementary or secondary certification are
required to complete a minimum of 33 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. Some background courses
that may be required include: Children's Literature; Teaching of
Reading; and Language Arts.
NOTE: Background courses
are 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
- 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.
Please print and complete the following forms:
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.
In addition to the M.Ed. with Specialization in Reading, the
Department of Teacher Education offers post-master’s degree
certification as a Reading Supervisor. For information about the degree
program leading to Pennsylvania certification as a Reading Supervisor,
refer to the Educational Leadership & Special Education Department.
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, Ohio State
University, and the National Diffusion Network collaborated to develop
and fund this site located on Shippensburg’s campus.
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
- Collect and maintain data on children in accordance with guidelines for evaluation
NOTE: All course work must be taken during one academic year.
Contact Dr. Janet Bufalino, Site Coordinator for Reading Recovery,
College of Education and Human Services, at (717) 477-1373 for
information about the program and the application process.
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 the Office of the Dean of Education and
Human Services, at (717) 477-1373 for information on teacher training