Literacy, Technology, and Reading, Reading Specialist Concentration, M.Ed.

Shippensburg University's Literacy, Technology, and Reading, Reading Specialist Concentration, M.Ed. program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and meets high national standards of excellence. It is also nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association. Completing this program makes you a K-12 reading specialist in Pennsylvania.

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What Will I Learn?

This Master of Education program prepares you to help people of diverse ages and backgrounds to more effectively read and communicate. You'll benefit from a well-rounded program that involves a variety of experiences that will help you develop your teaching skills. Several courses are reading specialist-specific.

Field hours provide increased experience with children in an educational setting. Responsibilities include providing instruction using educational strategies and techniques, taking on leadership roles within the school environment and working with dedicated professionals in the field.

What are the requirements for this degree?

Applicants who have elementary or secondary certification are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hour credits of work for this program. There are 18 credits of core courses and 12 reading specialist credits. Additional coursework may be required if your undergraduate degree does not meet certain prerequisites for the program.

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 coursework
  • 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 Teacher Education Department will contact you. You will not be interviewed if you have not submitted all the documentation required for initial admission. At the time of the contact, a planning sheet outlining a program of courses will be developed. This planning sheet, approved by your advisor, must be completed and placed on file in the department.

Please submit the following through the Ship Admissions portal:

  • Questionnaire
  • Three references from educators in the field. An automated email will be sent on your behalf for their recommendation.

The program requires you to pass through various status categories from admission to graduation. The status categories are:

  1. Foundational status
  2. Practicum status
  3. Program completion

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.

The Graduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

A reading specialist degree gives you more options when planning your career in education, including:

  • Elementary, middle school or secondary literacy coach (K-12 certification)
  • English literacy development teacher
  • Reading center positions
  • Reading interventionist
  • Developmental reading position in community colleges

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

Ship is an excellent place to study to become a teacher because of the opportunities to:

  • Observe classes in elementary, secondary and community college settings
  • Observe physically challenged and exceptional learners
  • Take part in student teaching
  • Participate in student groups and research experiences that complement the academic experience
  • Receive personalized attention and advisement from experienced professors

There are also opportunities unique to Ship through:

  • Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School – The school provides a unique opportunity to observe and participate in elementary school activities and classroom teaching experiences with children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Ship is the only university in Pennsylvania with an on-campus public elementary lab school.
  • Bartos Child and Family Center – The center is adjacent to the lab school provides opportunities to observe and work with children ages one through five.
  • Head Start – This program on campus provides more opportunities for observations and to work with children.