M.Ed. Online Blended

Reading Specialist Certification

12 months
774 USD/credit 27864 USD/year
774 USD/credit 27864 USD/year
516 USD/credit 18576 USD/year
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The Reading Specialist Certification program of Kutztown University is an online/blended program designed to meet the needs of working professionals.


The goals of the Reading Specialist Certification program of Kutztown University are three fold.  First, it is intended to prepare reading specialist/literacy coaches who can plan, implement, and maintain a developmental instructional program.  Second, it provides teachers with the ability to recognize and work effectively with learners who have varying degrees of difficulty in reading, or who have other learning problems.  Third, it prepares teachers to collaborate with peers while working as reading specialists/literacy coaches to support best practices in literacy.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Foundational Knowledge: Candidates demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical, historical, and evidence-based foundations of literacy and language and the ways in which they interrelate and the role of literacy professionals in schools.
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Candidates use foundational knowledge to critique and implement literacy curricula to meet the needs of all learners and to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based literacy instruction for all learners.
  • Assessment and Evaluation: Candidates understand, select, and use valid, reliable, fair, and appropriate assessment tools to screen, diagnose, and measure student literacy achievement; inform instruction and evaluate interventions; participate in professional learning experiences; explain assessment results and advocate for appropriate literacy practices to relevant stakeholders.
  • Diversity and Equity: Candidates demonstrate knowledge of research, relevant theories, pedagogies, essential concepts of diversity and equity; demonstrate and provide opportunities for understanding all forms of diversity as central to students' identities; create classrooms and schools that are inclusive and affirming; advocate for equity at school, district, and community levels.
  • Learners and the Literacy Environment: Candidates meet the developmental needs of all learners and collaborate with school personnel to use a variety of print and digital materials to engage and motivate all learners; integrate digital technologies in appropriate, safe, and effective ways; foster a positive climate that supports a literacy-rich learning environment.
  • Professional Learning and Leadership: Candidates recognize the importance of, participate in, and facilitate ongoing professional learning as part of career-long leadership roles and responsibilities.
  • Practicum/Clinical Experiences (for specialized literacy professionals only): Candidates apply theory and best practice in multiple supervised practicum/clinical experiences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Research Foundations Pertinent to Reading 
  • Literacy Curriculum and Instruction: Pre K-3 
  • Literacy Curriculum and Instruction: Grades 4-8 
  • Literacy Curriculum and Instruction: Adolescent – High School 
  • The Reading Specialist and Intensified Literacy Instruction
  • Assessment of Reading: Clinical Practicum in Reading Diagnosis in a 3 Standards Aligned System

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


Blended, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities
  • Teaching Certification
  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    27864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 774 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    27864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 774 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18576 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 516 USD per credit during 12 months.

Non-Pennsylvania Residents (online): $526 per credit

Living costs for Kutztown

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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