M.S. with Reading Specialist Certification

Althier Lazar, Ph.D., Director
Reading & ESL Programs

Merion 229
610- 660-3078
alazar@sju.edu

This graduate program prepares educators to meet the literacy needs of children. This program is suited to classroom teachers who wish to become reading specialists, or those teachers who want to provide appropriate instruction for the wide range of needs within the regular classroom.

Students in the Reading Specialist program are expected to have obtained their Pennsylvania Instructional I certification. Noncertified students accepted into the program will be expected to complete Pennsylvania Instructional I elementary certification while pursuing the specialist certification or the M.S. degree.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: The student demonstrates an understanding of instruction and materials, and an integrated, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.

Objective 1.1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the research and literature that undergirds the reading and writing curriculum and instruction for pre-K–12 students.

Objective 1.2: The student will provide appropriate in-depth instruction for students, especially those who struggle with reading and writing.

Goal 2: The student will understand types of assessments and their purposes, strengths, and limitations.

Objective 2.1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the literature and research related to assessments and their uses and misuses.

Objective 2.2: The student will administer and interpret appropriate assessments for students, especially those who struggle with reading and writing.

Goal 3: The student will understand the role of cultural diversity in planning literacy instruction.

Objective 3.1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which diversity influences students’ reading and writing development.

Objective 3.2: The student will plan and implement literacy instruction based on knowledge of students’ cultural backgrounds.

Goal 4: The student will demonstrate understandings how to create literate environments that foster reading and writing development.

Objective 4.1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the research on motivation and its effect on literacy learning.

Objective 4.2: The student will design a social environment to optimize students’ motivation and engagement in learning to read and write.

The M.S. degree requires a total of 36 credits, as follows:

Reading Component
EDU 646/646FLanguage and Culture3
EDU 671Writing in the Classroom3
EDU 700Psychology of Literacy3
EDU 701Assess & Instr in Liter K-3 (pre-requisite EDU 700 and EDU 702)3
EDU 702Assess & Instr in Liter 4-12 13
EDU 703Literacy Research3
EDU 704Plng & Org a Literacy Program3
EDU 705Literacy Practicum 26

PDE Chapter 49 regulation courses is not completed as part of undergraduate program:

SPE 600/600FFound & Current Issues: Sp Edu3
SPE 612/612FInclusive Classroom Practices3

Elective Option One: Program Specialist Certificate in ESL:

EDU 710English Linguistics3
EDU 712Topics in Language Acquisition3
EDU 713Method Teach English Sec Lang3
EDU 714/714FIntnshp-ESL/Bilingual Programs4