Post-master’s Certificate for Reading Specialist

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The Post-master’s Certificate for Reading Specialist is designed for students who wish to gain state licensure as a reading specialist in kindergarten through high school settings.

Among other competencies, the program provides students with the skills needed to understand the reading language learning process, apply and adapt reading instructional strategies and to implement schoolwide developmental, creative and intervention reading programs.

Curriculum information

The Post-master’s Certificate for Reading Specialist requires a minimum of 24 total graduate credit hours:

Degree requirements for the Post-master’s Certificate for Reading Specialist »

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.

CONCENTRATION/VCU BULLETIN INFO

PROGRAM BASICS

How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Spring, summer or fall
Application deadline: Feb. 1 for fall and summer admission, Oct. 1 for spring admission
Extended deadline: Apr. 15 for summer and fall 2020 admission only

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • VCU Graduate School requirements
  • Master’s degree in any specialty area related to education
  • Active teacher license
  • Have at least three years of teaching experience in a reading-related setting
  • Written essay addressing your career interests
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from previous academic work
  • Note: As of spring 2020, we no longer require the GRE or MAT for admission

The School of Education (SOE) degree programs that lead to professional licensure are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The SOE has determined that the curriculum includes applicable educational prerequisites for the following professional licensure(s) and/or certification(s) as outlined on this page of our website.

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Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.