Reading Specialist

Welcome to the Reading Specialist program

Through the M.A. Reading Specialist program you’ll learn to teach reading and writing to both struggling and typically developing students, individually, in small groups, and in whole classrooms. Our program is grounded in cognitive, linguistic, and socio-cultural factors that contribute to the acquisition of reading and writing skills in developing and struggling readers. Graduates of our M.A. program are prepared for two levels of New York State literacy certification—birth to grade 6 and grades 5-12. At the heart of our program is our practicum where you’ll gain hands-on experience providing literacy assessment and intervention services to children, adolescents, and/or adults.

In addition, we are pleased to offer an online advanced certificate.

We're proud to be accredited by the International Dyslexia Association.

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Our Offerings

Master of Arts in Reading Specialist

The Reading Specialist Master of Arts consists of approximately 34 points (minimum 12 courses: 10 required, 2 elective) depending on course selections, and can be pursued either part-time or full-time. Completion of a Master's Integrative Project is required for graduation.


Advanced Certificate in Reading (Online)

The 15-credit Advanced Certificate in Reading is designed for teachers and speech pathologists who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the reading process and approaches to improving students’ reading skills. Students who complete the certificate program may apply all 15 credits to completion to the M.A. program. (Open only to students not currently enrolled in other programs at TC.)

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