K–12 Reading Specialist Certification

Overview

Teachers and other educators can achieve reading specialist certification through a newly organized set of experiences designed to provide participants with a working knowledge of, as well as direct experience with, a variety of assessment and instructional practices in reading and writing education. Unlike traditional programs with a similar focus, this course of study offers candidates in-depth considerations of linguistic, cognitive, sociocultural, and critical perspectives on working with literacy learners in and out of school settings. A practicum experience is required during a six-week summer session, following the completion of the assessment course.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education, the International Reading Association, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education endorse our program.  Candidates who complete the course of study with a B+ or better grade-point average and achieve a passing score on the Level II PRAXIS examination for reading specialist are eligible to apply for Pennsylvania reading specialist certification K–12.

Required Courses:

Sample Plan of Study for Full Time Students

Fall:

  • LLED 500
  • LLED 597 (IUG students should schedule LLED 501)
  • CI 597
  • C&S 560, or C&S 561, C&S 562 or C&S 563 (all IUG students schedule CI 495)

Spring: 

  • LLED 545
  • CI 501 
  • EDPSY 526 
  • SPLED 530 

Summer: 

  • LLED 595 & 550 (prerequisites LLED 500, LLED 545. Suggested: CI501)


Reading specialist certification requires the 30 credits of coursework listed above and a passing score on the PRAXIS 5301. Candidates seeking a MEd in addition to certification must schedule CI 590 (1 credit) and successfully complete a master’s thesis.

Contact Information

Karen Eppley
Associate Professor of Education

The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
156 Chambers Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-3496

Reading specialist certification requires the 30 credits of coursework listed above and a passing score on the PRAXIS 5301. Candidates seeking a MEd in addition to certification must schedule CI 590 (1 credit) and successfully complete a master’s thesis.