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Saint Joseph’s University’s reading interventionist certificate program provides teachers with the skills they need to help students become fluent, independent readers. Earn your certificate from a University with accreditation at both levels of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. The program consists of 13 credits and can be completed online. Certificate credits can also be applied towards the Special Education M.S. and Education M.S. for all grade levels, and you may be eligible to earn your Wilson Reading System ® Level 1 certification upon completion of the certificate program.
What Is the Reading Inteventionist Certificate?
The reading interventionist certificate program at Saint Joseph’s University helps in-service teachers increase their knowledge and instructional practice in structured literacy. The need for teachers with this content knowledge is increasing in school districts across the country.
The reading interventionist certificate program is aligned with scientifically based approaches to address the development of reading skills in students who exhibit reading difficulties, deficits and delays. The certificate also includes a 65-hour practicum with an individual student and other field-based experiences.
International Dyslexia Association Accredited Program
Saint Joseph’s reading interventionist certificate features a curriculum accredited by the International Dyslexia Association as meeting specific coursework requirements, content hours and faculty standards. While the course content is a required approach for teachers working with students with language-based learning challenges such as dyslexia, it is also recommended for teachers to address the reading needs of 50-60% of all students.
Reading Interventionist Certificate Courses
The 13-credit reading interventionist certificate program requires the following courses:
- SPE 604 Researched Based Models and Procedures: Reading Writing and Oral Language (3 credits)
- SPE 710 Wilson Reading System® Introduction to Multisensory Language Instruction (1 credit)
- SPE 711 Wilson Reading System® Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader 1-3 (3 credits)
- SPE 712 Wilson Reading System® Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader 4-6 (3 credits)
- SPE 713 Clinical Practicum: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (3 credits)
Online Certificate with Field Placement
Saint Joseph’s reading interventionist certificate program is offered online and designed to meet the needs of working educators and professionals in the field who are looking to advance their careers or change paths. Our online programs provide personal attention from faculty as well as opportunities for meaningful interactions with your peers. Online courses use the same rigorous curriculum and expert faculty as our on-campus programs. In addition to online coursework, field experience is an expected component of the program and includes a 65-hour practicum with an individual student, as well as other field-based experiences.
What Can I Do with a Reading Interventionist Certificate?
Earning a reading interventionist certificate shows that you have a deep understanding of language structure and have mastered multisensory and diagnostic instructional methods. This certificate can also lead to other teaching careers such as:
- Special education teacher
- Reading specialist
- Instructional coach
- Elementary general education teacher
- Adult literacy education advisor
- Private educational tutor
Become a Wilson Reading System ® Certified Educator
Upon completion of Saint Joseph’s reading interventionist certificate, you may also be eligible to earn your Wilson Reading System ® Level 1 certification and be included in Wilson’s tutor referral service. A Level 1 certification trains you to help students with reading and spelling challenges using the Wilson Reading System’s research-based strategies.
How Will Saint Joseph's Reading Interventionist Certificate Enhance My Career?
The reading interventionist certificate from Saint Joseph’s prepares you for personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship in the spirit of the University’s mission. Saint Joseph is the only university in Pennsylvania and one of four in the U.S. with accreditation at both levels of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. The reading interventionist certificate is accredited by the IDA and is the preferred professional development credential in the Philadelphia School District and many other school districts.
Average part-time: 2 - 4 semesters, or 6 - 12 months.
13 credits or 5 courses.
Rolling admission; Spring, summer or fall.
|Tuition for 2022-2023||
$812 per credit hour, $325 in Wilson fees per course.
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Stack this Certificate into a Master’s Program
The credits of the reading interventionist certificate can be applied towards the Special Education M.S. and Education M.S. for all grade levels (Early Childhood/Elementary PK-4; Elementary/Middle School Education; and Secondary 7-12).
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The reading interventionist certificate can lead to other teaching careers such as:
You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
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