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Secondary Education (Reading Specialist P-12 Certification), Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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Reading specialists devote their time to reading instruction while engaging in activities to promote literacy among students, parents, other educators, and the community alike. This is especially important to improving the overall reading performance of students in addition to enhancing their future educational opportunities and outcomes.


Educators in this program will participate in curriculum consisting of theory, application, assessment, and implementation of research-based instruction through a supervised practicum experience. The practicum experience, composed of hands-on fieldwork, is designed to develop the skills necessary to teach students as well as to train other teachers in the area of literacy.

The online format provides educators with an opportunity to pursue a new career path within education while continuing to work as a classroom teacher. The program requires a total of 36 credit hours.

Students who complete the program receive a master's degree in secondary curriculum, teaching, and learning. The degree is available to both elementary and secondary school teachers. P-12 reading specialist certification is recommended with successful completion of this program.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination to complete the program.

In order to receive Alabama Class A Reading Specialist P-12 certification, individuals must hold Alabama Class B certification and complete the course requirements including 300 clock-hours of supervised practicum. Upon completion of the program, students must pass a comprehensive exam and the Praxis II.


Accreditation - National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundations of Literacy: Theory & Research
  • Beginning Reading in PK-Primary Grades
  • Practicum in Literacy Coaching - covers students in a variety of grade levels
  • Practicum - covering PK-2nd grade
  • Expanding Reading in the Elementary Grades
  • Advanced Practicum in Reading Education - covering 3rd - 6th grade
  • Advanced Reading Specialist Practicum - covering middle and high school students
  • Classics & Modern Literature for Children
  • Adolescent Literature
  • The Language Arts Program in Elementary Schools
  • Improving English Instruction
  • Seminar in Literacy Coaching
  • Assessment & Instruction of At-Risk Readers
  • Introduction to Educational Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Applicant data sheet and statement of purpose
  • One transcript for each U.S. or international institution of higher education
  • Admissions test scores less than five years old 
  • The application fee is $65 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $80 for international applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
  • Additional application materials (e.g., portfolios, writing samples, responses to essay questions, etc.) required by individual departments
  • International applicants must submit one certified copy in the native language along with certified precise word-for-word English translations of all transcripts, diplomas, and certificates of degree.

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Two full years of K-12 classroom teaching experience.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    394 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 394 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    394 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 394 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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