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Reading Specialist Certification

Cabrini’s Reading Specialist Certification program focuses on the interrelation of reading and communication arts, as well as literacy development and programs in diverse cultural contexts.

It prepares you to identify varying levels of reading and learning success and to enter the K-12 classroom as a reading specialist or coach. 

Our part-time Pennsylvania state-endorsed certification provides insights into reading and language arts from historical, sociocultural, psycholinguistic, and cognitive or information-processing perspectives.

You can pursue the reading certification as part of our Master of Education program or as a stand-alone program.

Students must complete the "Education Core Courses” to earn a Master of Education in addition to the certification.

Students can pursue their Master of Education + Reading Specialist Certification on campus in Radnor, PA.

Education Core Courses (9 credits)

  • EDG 598 - Foundations of Literacy 
  • EDG 521 - Education and Social Policy
  • EDG 501 - Educational Research

Reading Specialist Certification Courses (27 credits)

Entry-Level Courses for Certification

  • EDG 522 - Creating a Community of Readers

Mid-Level Courses for Certification

Prerequisites: EDG 522

  • EDG 530 - Instructional Strategies for Teaching Phonics
  • EDG 541 - Instructional Strategies for Teaching Reading 
  • EDG 542 - Learners at Risk: Diagnostic Practicum I 
  • EDG 590 - Adolescent Literacy in Content Classrooms
  • EDG 549 - Teaching of Writing 
  • EDG 615 - Internship in Literacy

Culminating Courses for Certification 

Though coursework might not be completed, candidates should begin compiling documentation for Exit Portfolio.

  • EDG 593 - Growth through Community
  • EDG 595 - Leadership for Literacy Learning 

Exiting Protocols