Prepare K-12 teachers to be reading specialists or to improve their knowledge and skills in teaching reading.
Demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for effective educational practice in the specific role of the reading specialist as outlined by the International Literacy Association’s standards for reading professionals.
Understand and embrace a holistic approach to reading instruction and assessment that considers the social, cultural, cognitive and linguistic aspects of literacy.
Able to locate, incorporate and utilize multiple sources of authentic methods and materials for theoretically, culturally and developmentally appropriate instruction.
Students seeking an endorsement in reading must complete or have completed requirements for a teaching license. Reading is regarded as a support area to the teacher’s area of original licensure. Courses in this program will enhance and broaden reading specific knowledge and other responsibilities encountered by the classroom teacher, resource teacher and reading specialist. All candidates for this endorsement must pass the Praxis exam for Reading Specialist.
All programs must be approved by the Coordinator of Reading. All courses must be successfully completed before practicum.