Reading Specialist Certification: Robert Morris University Reading Specialist Certification | Robert Morris University


Advance your teaching credentials with a certification as a Reading Specialist. Work with our highly respected School of Education and Social Sciences faculty who will mentor you as you gain expertise through your initial courses which can be completed in three semesters. These courses will provide students with a comprehensive background in literacy as approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  


Apply what you’ve learned through coursework field experiences at local area school districts and a completely separate practicum where you’ll have the opportunity to test, diagnose, and design a literacy program suitable for an individual or small group of students.

Your coursework will be put to real-world use as you work with ELL and/or special needs students under the direct supervision of an RMU instructor. Upon practicum completion and the successful passing of your PRAXIS Reading Specialist exam, you will be ready to put new expertise to use helping students who need it most.

Required Courses (27 Credits):
Course descriptions:
RDSP6700 Current Trends & Issues in Literacy partially online
RDSP6710 Foundations  and Principles of Literacy Instruction on ground
EDUC6400 Teaching Content Reading/ELL  on ground on ground
RDSP6720 Assessment and Intervention in Early Literacy, K-3 on ground
SPED6020 Reading and Special Education on ground
RDSP6730 Assessment and Intervention in Adolescent
Literacy, K-12
partially online
RDSP6740 Leadership and Supervision for Reading Specialists and Literacy Coaches  completely online
RDSP6750 Practicum – Clinical experience (six credits) area school districts

Program Requirements and Prerequisite Courses:
Course descriptions:
  • In addition to regular application requirements, applicants also are required to hold an Instructional I Certificate in any area and have a 3.0 minimum G.P.A. in highest degree completed.

Format & Delivery:  Blended delivery, Evening Program, Eight-week accelerated courses

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A quality teacher preparation program must focus explicitly and directly on the everyday classroom setting and the teaching and learning that happens there. Only by teaching can you become an effective teacher.

RMU's program is designed to put theory into practice through meaningful and rich classroom field experiences. As a teacher candidate, early in the program you will find yourself out in the schools, observing, interacting with and teaching children. Robert Morris University has formed excellent working relationships with local school districts and has established Professional Development Schools to give you access to all of the necessary practical classroom experiences.

In addition, our program is dedicated to prepare you in the most recent state-of-the-art theories, practices, and innovations, so that you hit the ground running upon graduation.

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU. Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting. As all faculty possess related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, teachers, researchers, authors, psychologists, counselors, etc., students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed.  

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