Master of Science in Education: Reading Specialist
Teach Children to Read & Succeed
The Reading Specialist Program at Shenandoah University is committed to the preparation of caring, reflective professionals who view themselves as researchers of learning, and who can apply their academic training and pedagogical skills to the needs of our diverse society. The program is designed to prepare teachers who can connect theory to practice, and who create classroom and school communities where all students learn in meaningful ways. The program offers candidates licensure through a balanced preparation in the vitally important areas of assessment, reading instruction, literature, research and the use of educational technology.
The Reading Specialist Program operates on a trimester (three-term) system, with an additional Summer II session, and candidates attend evening classes from August through the end of July. Candidates complete the required number of Reading courses, and then are able to select several electives in related areas of interest. A Professional Studies Certificate in Reading, with licensure, is available for teachers who already have a master's degree. Candidates will:
- Develop a plan of study with an advisor upon filing for matriculation.
- Complete no more than 9 credits of course work toward the degree before matriculation.
- Complete prescribed course work and other requirements within six years of matriculation.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA average of 3.0 or better with no more than two grades below B-.
Listed below is the order in which the courses will be offered.
Program of Study
|RDG 523||Foundations of Reading Instruction||Fall||3|
|RDG 533||Reading in the Content Areas||Spring||3|
|RDG 524||Analysis & Remedial Techniques in Reading||Summer I||3|
|RDG 530||Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment of Reading Difficulties||Summer II||3|
|RDG 535||Language Development||Fall||3|
|RDG 602||Organization & Supervision of the Reading Program||Spring||3|
|RST 678||Action Research I||Summer I||3|
|RDG 680||Graduate Reading Seminar||Summer II||3|
|The following courses can be taken at any time during the program.|
|EDU 585||Educational Technology Applications||TBD||3|
|Two electives of 3 credits each: Selected from areas such as Administration, Diversity, English, Measurement, Reading, Special Education, or TESOL.|