Reading Specialist (Post-Master's Certification)


The Reading Specialist certification program is designed for elementary and secondary certified teachers who want to expand their professional literacy knowledge and practices to become literacy leaders in K-12 settings. Coursework, practicum experiences, and research will prepare candidates to provide instruction for large and small groups as well as individual students, and engage in the practices of coaching faculty members and facilitating professional development.

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Student Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively within a literacy team to create a comprehensive mission, vision, and action plan for a whole school, whole community within a multiple year literacy plan.
  2. Exhibit the important skills of a literacy coach that include knowledge of literacy content and theory, instructional practice, and the ability to build relationships.
  3. Use varied and appropriate instruments for literacy assessment in a manner that includes both analysis of data and synthesis of results; together this combination leads to differentiated plans for instruction.
  4. Establish a view of professional development that includes current theory and practice within a model of choice, interaction, varied group size, and a view of literacy that includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the program, you will be able to:

  1. Pass the PRAXIS for Reading Specialist, achieving a 100% rate at the NDMU designated passing score.
  2. Assume literacy leadership positions within current teaching placements and/or seek new positions as literacy specialists or literacy coaches.
  3. Embrace professionalism by continuing membership and leadership in local, regional, and national literacy organizations (ILA, NCTE, SoMLA).
  4. Maintain the belief systems that are founded in the ILA Standards for Reading Professionals and the NDMU School of Education’s Conceptual Framework—Research, Self-Reflection, Vocation, and Practice.



Required Courses

EDU 586 - Techniques of Teaching Reading and Writing to Students with Limited English Proficiency (3)
EDU 612 - Remedial Reading Instruction for Classroom and Clinical Settings (3)
EDU 551 - Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II (for elementary teachers) (3) OR
EDU 542 - Instruction of Reading (for secondary teachers) (3)
EDU 629 - The Roles of the Literacy Coach (3)
EDU 618 - Resource Role of the Reading Specialist (3)
EDU 691 - Practicum:  Application of Remediation (3)

Total Credits: 18



  • EDU 509 - Processes and Acquisition of Reading
  • EDU 510 - Elementary Reading Materials
  • EDU 511 - Assessment of Reading
  • EDU 542 - Instruction in Reading


  • EDU 580 - Teaching Reading and Writing in Content Areas I
  • EDU 551 - Teaching Reading and Writing in Content Areas II

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