Reading Specialist Certification


EMU’s Reading Specialist certification program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and meets content guidelines for Standards for Reading Professionals as established by the International Reading Association. Unique to EMU’s program is an emphasis on literacy in community and family arenas. Candidates participate in developmental coursework and field experiences which may occur within their classroom context. Candidates who hold a valid Pennsylvania Instructional Certificate, successfully complete all Reading Specialist certification courses, and pass the Reading Specialist Praxis Exam #5301 will be recommended to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification.

Required Courses (24 credit hours)

Initiatory: (6 credit hours)
EDLA 501 Foundations of Literacy (3) 
EDLA 521 Integrated Literacy Instruction (3)

Mid-Level: (12 credit hours)
EDLA 531 Literacy in Community and Family Arenas (3) 
EDSL 581 Language and Culture (3) 
EDLA 601 Multicultural Children’s Literature (3) OR EDLA 611 Adolescent/Young Adult Literature (3)
EDPC 602 Clinic I: Diagnosis of Reading & Writing Difficulties (3)

Culminating: (6 credit hours)
EDPC 603 Clinic II: Integrative Approach to Assessment & Instruction (3)
EDLA 651 Developing an Effective Reading Program (3)

Effective January 1, 2011 PDE requires all candidates who apply for state certifications to complete “9 credits of coursework regarding accommodations and adaptations for students with disabilities in an inclusive setting and 3 credits regarding the instructional needs of English Language Learners”. These can be undergraduate or graduate credits. Many certified teachers have taken these credits as part of their undergraduate teacher education requirements. For teachers who have not taken these requirements, these are prerequisites for state certification. Please contact your advisor regarding meeting these requirements.

Earn a Master of Arts in Education degree with a concentration as a Reading Specialist

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MA in Education program is required for Reading Specialist certification.

Additional Certification Information

Praxis #5301


Tuition: $440 per credit

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