Reading Specialist Certification Overview The Reading Specialist Certification program aims to prepare students to work with individuals with a range of reading abilities and needs by introducing them to multisensory approaches to reading instruction, and to a variety of diagnostic tools for planning and evaluation purposes, as well as to monitor student performance and growth. Students will learn effective reading strategies, and become exceptionally skilled and qualified to support students with reading needs as well as be able to provide leadership and coaching in the area of literacy to teachers and schools. Designed for teachers who already possess an Instructional I certificate in PA or another State, the program aims to help students understand how literacy is a meaning making process, to offer different ways of exploring children's responses to a variety of texts, to enrich reading and writing in content area classrooms, and to teach them how to incorporate research-based approaches. Students will graduate with a Reading Specialist Certification as well as a WILSON® Level I certificate. The WILSON® Multisensory Reading Instruction Level Certificate will allow students to learn the intricacies of the English language, to teach a direct instruction multi-sensory language-based program, and to support students who need extra reading support. Students who have obtained a WILSON® Level I certificate within the past five years are eligible to transfer up to 10 credits towards the Reading Specialist Certification. Learn more about the WILSON® language program.Graduates of the Reading Specialist Certificate program will have the opportunity to become reading specialists, reading interventionists, literacy coaches, literacy mentors, literacy program directors, and literacy specialists working in a community-based literacy center.Program FeaturesDrexel University is the first institution to include the core WILSON® Level I courses as a part of the core requirements. Students will receive a WILSON® Level I certificate in addition to a PA Reading Specialist Certification.Highly qualified faculty who have expertise in online teaching and are practitioner-scholars in the field of literacy.Fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Drexel's teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.Flexible, completely online degree program that fits easily into your busy work and personal schedule.Credits transfer into the MS in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum programState restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more. Curriculum This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.Required Courses EDLS 550Theories of Reading and Writing3.0EDLS 555Understanding Literacy through Sociocultural Perspectives3.0EDLS 560Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (7-12)3.0EDLS 565Constructing Meaning through Reading and Writing3.0EDLS 570Literacy and Evaluation3.0EDLS 575Responding to Children's and Young Adult Literature3.0EDLS 620Applied Methods in Multisensory Reading Instruction1.0EDLS 622Basic Word Study I3.0EDLS 623Basic Word Study II3.0EDLS 624Multisensory Practicum I1.0EDLS 625Multisensory Practicum II1.0EDLS 626Multisensory Practicum III1.0EDLS 650Designing a Literacy Program3.0Total Credits31.0View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)Current Teacher CertificationRequired DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedTwo letters of recommendation (professional or academic) Personal statement (800 - 1600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of: Why you are choosing this particular program of studyYour plans upon completion of the degreeHow your current work experience will enhance your experience in this programResumeProof of Teacher CertificationAdditional requirements for International Students Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $921 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1228 per credit) This rate applies only to new online students.Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify. This program is eligible for Financial Aid. Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations. Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings. When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University. Academic Calendar 2017-2018 Academic Year Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2017 September 25, 2017 December 9, 2017 December 11, 2017 December 16, 2017 Winter 2018 January 8, 2018 March 17, 2018 March 19, 2018 March 24, 2018 Spring 2018 April 2, 2018 June 9, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 15, 2018 Summer 2018 June 25, 2018 September 1, 2018 September 4, 2018 September 8, 2018 Apply today for the Reading Specialist Certification Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Previously enrolled at Drexel? Learn more about readmission. Any problems? Find help or contact us.