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Reading Specialist
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Reading Specialist
In the Department of Health and Behavior Studies

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Reading Specialist Students Help Improve Educational Prospects

Students in the Reading Specialist Program are providing crucial reading assessment and intervention services to children, adolescents and adults who live in Harlem, the Bronx, and other parts of New York City. This work is done through a practicum conducted at TC's Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services [read more]

A Broad Foundation

The Reading Specialist Program has a life span focus with regard to literacy acquisition, assessment and intervention.  Students gain experience learning about and providing assessment and intervention with children, adolescents and adults who have reading and writing difficulties.  Upon completion of the required course of study, students are eligible for New York State certification as a Teacher of Literacy at both levels of certification, Birth to 6 and Grades 5 to 12.

Professional Development Preparation

Reading Specialist students in advanced seminar planning professional development workshops.

Assessment and Intervention Focus

Students learn to deploy a battery of classroom-based and standardized assessment measures to identify strengths and weaknesses of individual students and groups, and then develop an intervention plan based on the assessment findings.

Zankel Fellows

Two proud Zankel Fellows from the Reading Specialist Program after completing their work at a high-needs urban high school.

Literacy Interventions

Students consider issues on literacy interventions for children with writing difficulties.

Congratulations Class of 2013

Proud students and faculty at 2013 convocation!

The Reading Specialist M.A. program provides students with a broad foundation in applied educational psychology as it relates to literacy acquisition and concentrated preparation in assessment and intervention in reading and writing difficulties. The program provides experience in working with child, adolescent, and adult learners. Read more

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