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Department of Teacher Education
College of Education & Human Services

Shippen Hall 214
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA  17257

Phone: 717-477-1688
Fax: 717-477-4046
bjlinn@ship.edu

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Master's of Reading Program

Program Description and Requirements

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. This planning sheet will be useful in understanding these steps and the following information.

Foundational Status is awarded to candidates who successfully complete the following:

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. The attached planning sheet will be useful in understanding these steps and the following information.

Foundational Status Requirements:

  • Meet 'standard expectations' in professional dispositions
  • Meet 'standard expectations' on qualifying exam (see bottom of page for more info)
  • Maintain GPA of 3.0
  • Complete the following courses with a B or higher:
    • TCH511 Elementary School Curriculum
    • TCH600 Research
    • TCH575 Advanced Child Development
    • RDG528 Foundations of Literacy Development
    • RDG529 Reading and Reasoning Beyond the Primary Grades
    • RDG413 Teaching Reading to English Language Learner

Practicum Status is awarded to candidates following the completion of all Foundational Status Requirements

Practicum Status Requirements:

  • Meet 'standard expectations' in professional dispositions.
  • Maintain GPA of 3.0
  • Passing Score on Praxis Exam
  • Complete the following courses with at least a B grade:
    • RDG532 Diagnosis and Assessment
    • RDG533 Advanced Diagnosis and Assessment
    • RDG534 Practicum in Reading
    • RDG529 Tutoring Secondary Students
    • RDG535 Seminar in Language, Literacy and Reading

Program Completion Status is awarded to candidates following the completion of all Practicum Status requirements

Applying for Graduation and Certification

A candidate who has met all the above requirements will be eligible to apply for certification as a Reading Specialist in the state of Pennsylvania. Also, a program completer may apply for graduation. To obtain applications for both certification and graduation, contact the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at 717-477-1373 or veshaa@ship.edu

Qualifying Exam Information

This assessment is designed to measure candidate’s knowledge of the foundations of reading and writing processes. The qualifying exam is to be taken at the completion of foundation status requirements (See Planning Sheet). When the requirements are completed, candidates are to contact Dr. Janet Bufalino (jmbufa@ship.edu) to schedule a time to take the exam. The exam will be taken online through Blackboard. The following rubrics will be used by two reading faculty members for assessment purposes. Two questions are to be answered by each candidate. Each question answered will receive one of three possible designations – exceeds standards, meets standards, below standards. To meet the overall requirements of the qualifying exam, candidates need to earn either ‘exceeds standards’ or ‘meets standards’. Candidates who receive ‘below standards’ on either answer, will be required to answer an additional question.
The following texts will serve as resources for the qualifying exam questions. Both texts can be purchased from the International Reading Assocation website at www.reading.org. Students are strongly urged to set up study groups with fellow candidates early in coursework.

  • Farstrup, A.E. & Samuels, S.J. (Eds.). (2002). What research has to say about reading instruction (3rd ed.). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
  • Singer, H., & Ruddell, R. B. (2004). Theoretical models and processes of reading (5th ed.). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Prior to taking exam: Candidates will be asked to agree to the guidelines set forth by the Shippensburg University Commitment to Ethical Practice. Candidates may use any print materials to answer questions. Examples of print materials are textbooks, notes, copies of peer’s notes from study groups)

Qualifying Exam Questions: Candidates will be assigned two of the following questions to answer during their qualifying exam.

  1. Choose three theories in the foundational areas as they relate to reading. Explain, Compare, Contrast, and Critique the theories. (IRA Standard 1.1)
  2. Summarize two seminal reading studies and articulate how these studies impacted reading instruction in the United States today. In answer, candidates may recount historical developments in the history of reading (IRA Standard 1.2)
  3. Identify explain, compare and contrast as least two theories and research in the areas of language development and learning to read. (IRA Standard 1.3)
  4. Define the major components of reading as identified by National Reading Panel Report (phonemic awareness, word identification and phonics, vocabulary and background knowledge, fluency, comprehension strategies, and motivation) in fluent reading. Discuss how you know if a student is appropriately integrating these components in fluent reading. (IRA Standard 1.4)