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GEDU 521 Methods and Materials of Instruction Seminar (1 credit) GEDU 629 Secondary Education Field Experience 2 (0 credits) GEDU 632 Secondary Education Field Experience 3 (0 credits) GEDU 550 Student Teaching (6 credits) GEDU 690 Professional Seminar (taken in conjunction with student teaching) (3 credits) Total minimum credits required for M.Ed. with teacher certification: 46 or 47 credits

STEPS TO CERTIFICATION 1. Successfully complete all required coursework. 2. Pass required Praxis exam. 3. Apply for certification on the PA Teacher Information Management System (TIMS). 4. Gannon University recommends candidates for certification, and PDE approves and issues certification.

Master of Education: Reading and Reading Specialist Certification Program-ONLINE

will be eligible to apply for Reading Specialist Certification in Pennsylvania upon successful completion of the degree requirements and passing the Reading Specialist Praxis Exam. The Reading Specialist is trained in instruction and assessment techniques and given leadership opportunities to support and advance literacy programs for students, parents, other educators, and the community. Those who already hold a master’s degree in education can add the Reading Specialist Certification by completing the required 27 credits and passing the Reading Specialist Praxis Exam. During a specified time in the summer, all candidates must complete 75 hours of clinical experience and attend a mandatory one-day oncampus orientation as part of GEDU 647 Assessment of Literacy Development/Clinical Application (Reading Clinic). The summer clinical experience is completed at an approved site under the supervision of a site based reading specialist and a University faculty supervisor. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Education requires 25 hours of practicum experience. The 25 hours are integrated in coursework and opportunities to complete the practicum hours vary.

OUTCOMES

The mission of the Master of Education in Reading/Reading Specialist Program at Gannon University is to prepare Reading professionals who have the skills and knowledge in literacy instruction, diagnosis, and assessment to ensure that all students have the opportunities and resources to develop the literacy skills they need to reach their full potential.

The Master of Education Candidate and/or the Reading Specialist Candidate: • Knows literacy history, theory, and methodology • Applies theory and knowledge of literacy instruction • Identifies, selects, and applies literature, textbooks, curricular materials as well as technology for all learners • Demonstrates the use and interpretation of formal and informal assessment procedures and communicates results and implications to appropriate stakeholders • Maintains indicators of student progress and achievement • Aligns Pennsylvania Language Arts Core Standards with instruction and assessment • Consults and collaborates using knowledge of literacy practices, including reading and writing processes • Demonstrates leadership in home, school, and community literacy environments

OVERVIEW

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Program Coordinator: Robin L. Quick, D.Ed. Phone: 814-871-5399, quick003@gannon.edu

MISSION STATEMENT OF THE READING AND READING SPECIALIST PROGRAM

Preparation in Reading is a valuable area of specialization. The Master of Education in Reading provides a strong foundation in the pedagogical, curricular, and leadership dimensions of reading instruction required for key positions in literacy programs. The M.Ed. in Reading provides training to become a reading professional who can function collaboratively and in a variety of capacities. Preparation consists of theory, application, and implementation of research-based instruction and assessment practices. Candidates who complete the Master of Education in Reading

• A completed application for admission including three letters of recommendation • Candidates applying for the M.Ed. in Reading must submit an official transcript showing completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university • Candidates applying for the Reading Specialist Certification only, must submit a copy of their valid Instructional I or II teaching certificate in addition to an official transcript (see above) • A graduate minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale • Evidence by previous academic record that the applicant has the general ability and preparation necessary to pursue graduate study successfully


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