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In the Department of Health & Behavior Studies
Welcome to the Program in Reading Specialist
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. The preparation includes supervised work as a student practitioner in a reading clinic at Teachers College and practice working with small groups in school based settings.
Our Program and Students
Program Director: Professor Dolores Perin
Contact Person: Professor Dolores PerinPhone: (212) 678-3942
The Reading Specialist Program is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association and was characterized as an “exemplary program for teacher training.”
Dolores Perin, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology and Education and Chairperson in the Health and Behavior Studies Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. She directs the Applied Education Psychology: Reading Specialist Program, which prepares students for state certification as a Teacher of Literacy.
Susan Garni Masullo, Ph.D. is a full time Lecturer and Director of the Literacy Practicums in the Reading Specialist Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to coming to Teachers College, she had an extensive career as a reading/learning specialist working with children, adolescents and adults who struggle with literacy and/or academic tasks.