* This program is available in an online virtual format for practicing teachers beginning Fall 2021. Please contact Dr. Karen Eppley at [email protected] to learn more.

To apply, click “How to Begin the Application Process” at this link.

For additional instructions please click this link.


Please click here to link to a program flyer.

Classroom teachers and other educators can earn certification as a reading specialist in our fully virtual PA Reading Specialist Certification Program. Candidates can complete the program and simultaneously earn an MEd with the completion of a capstone project, or can opt to complete the program for certification-only.

Candidates who finish the course of study with a GPA of 3.33 or better and who achieve a passing score on the 5301 Praxis examination for Reading Specialist are eligible to apply for Pennsylvania K-12 Reading Specialist Certification. If you currently hold a PA instructional I or II certificate, the fundamental subjects test (Praxis 5511) is not required.  

Our program is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

Many US states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.


  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • One year Pk-12 teaching experience
  • Complete application