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Reading Specialist Certification

Drexel University School of Education

The Reading Specialist Certification program aims to prepare students to work with individuals with a range of reading abilities and needs by introducing them to multisensory approaches to reading instruction, and to a variety of diagnostic tools for planning and evaluation purposes, as well as to monitor student performance and growth. Students will learn effective reading strategies, and become exceptionally skilled and qualified to support students with reading needs and provide literacy leadership and coaching to teachers and schools.

Designed for teachers who already possess an Instructional I certificate in PA or another state, the program aims to help students understand how literacy is a meaning making process; to offer different ways of exploring children's responses to a variety of texts; to enrich reading and writing in content area classrooms; and to teach them how to incorporate research-based approaches. Students will graduate with a Reading Specialist Certification as well as a WILSON® Level I certificate. The WILSON® Level I certificate will allow students to learn the intricacies of the English language; to teach a direct instruction multisensory language-based program; and to support students who need extra reading assistance. Students who have obtained a WILSON® Level I certificate within the past five years are eligible to transfer up to 10 credits towards the Reading Specialist Certification.

Graduates of the Reading Specialist Certificate program who have passed the appropriate Praxis exam and received the PA Reading Specialist add-on state certification will have the opportunity to become reading specialists, reading interventionists, literacy coaches, literacy mentors, literacy program directors, and literacy specialists working in a community-based literacy center.

Features & Benefits

  • Drexel University is one of a few select universities to offer WILSON® Level I courses as a part of the core requirements. Students will receive a Level I certificate from WILSON® in addition to a PA Reading Specialist Certification.
  • Learn from highly qualified faculty who have expertise in online teaching and are practitioner-scholars in the field of literacy.
  • Fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Drexel University's teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • Flexible, completely online degree program that fits easily into your busy work and personal schedule.
  • The Reading Specialist program is financial aid eligible.
  • Credits are eligible for transfer into the MS in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum program.
Course descriptions may be found in the Drexel University Course Catalog.