Reading Specialist PK-12 - Education M.S.
The M.S. Reading Specialist (PK-12) program is designed for individuals who wish to focus on expanding their skills to improve reading achievement in their school or district by serving as master teachers, coaches or instructional specialists in PK-12 school reading programs. Individuals who seek this degree will be able to act as consultants in planning the direction and supervision of a school’s reading program and will be able to analyze, design, implement and evaluate literacy curricula.
Preparing Teachers to Be Specialists in Reading & Literacy
M.S. Reading Specialist curriculum focuses on providing students with extensive preparation in assessment and instruction in literacy. During the five-week capstone internship, students utilize their knowledge from previous coursework. Upon completion, students are eligible to take the Pennsylvania reading specialist PRAXIS exam and apply for a reading specialist certification.
The reading specialist program is also offered as certification (PK-12).
Experiential Learning: Summer Reading Clinic
Each year, the program offers a summer reading clinic that focuses on experiential learning. Serving as teaching interns in a six-week reading camp for Philadelphia-area school children, participants focus on providing schoolchildren enhanced instructional support to develop reading comprehension and higher-level thinking skills. Under the supervision of the program director and faculty, reading specialist graduate interns assist in developing individualized assessment and educational plans and deliver supervised group instruction to these children.
Graduates of the M.S. Reading Specialists degree program will understand the psychological and sociological factors that shape literacy acquisition, be able to utilize a battery of assessment measures to understand and address students’ literacy needs and interpret the philosophy, methods and materials of literacy program for parents and the community.
The demand for quality education professionals is on the rise. Building upon our existing expertise in this sector, Saint Joseph's University has created a School of Health Studies and Education , which will officially open in the Fall of 2019. Over 40 existing undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs, including this one, will be housed in this school.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistic, job growth for reading specialists and others in the special education field is expected at 6% to 8% between 2024 while the average salary may range between $50,000 and $63,000 annually.