Secondary Education (Reading Specialist P-12 Certification)

The University of Alabama

Postgraduate Certificate Online
12 months
394 USD/credit
394 USD/credit
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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.

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


  • Fully structured
  • No Attendance
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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

Two full years of K-12 classroom teaching experience.

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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