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Reading Specialist Certification

Immaculata University’s 21-credit Reading Specialist certification program will help you acquire an in-depth understanding of literacy development, administration and analysis of assessments, and research-based instructional practices.

The need for reading specialists has never been greater. National statistics indicate over 60% of students demonstrate a lack of proficiency in reading, scoring Basic or Below Basic on grade-level assessments. These data indicate the need for more trained and certified Reading Specialists to provide direct remediation to struggling students and to serve as literacy leaders in terms of professional development and sharing their expertise with the professional staff in schools and districts.

Learning Outcomes

As a candidate for this certification, you will develop your understanding and demonstrate competency related to the following areas:

  • Addressing the literacy needs of individual students, as well as the broader needs of the school community
  • Analyzing data and identifying best practice in core and intervention instruction
  • Providing literacy-related leadership to teachers and administrators
  • Leading instructional initiatives to promote literacy development
  • Designing and delivering instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners

Program Facts

You will become competent in literacy development, assessment administration, data analysis, and best practices in instruction in order to meet the needs of all of your diverse learners.

  • Accelerated seven-week courses offered in a combination of hybrid and online delivery
  • Program includes seven master’s-level courses, including practicum (21 graduate credits) that can be completed in as few as four semesters
  • 14-week practicum in the field guided by on-site mentor and Immaculata University professor
  • Earn your M.A. in Educational Leadership with just nine additional credits!


  • EDL 614 Instructional Needs of English Language Learners
  • EDL 644 Language Arts Methods PK-4
  • EDL 645 Language Arts Methods 5-8
  • EDL 677 Children’s Literature
  • EDL 678 Reading Diagnosis and Remediation
  • EDL 679 Planning and Organizing a Literacy Program
  • EDL 692 Reading Specialist Practicum

At A Glance

Program: Graduate Certification
Audience: Graduate students

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