Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Slippery Rock University

Reading Specialist, Certification

Candidates for the reading specialist certification program must complete all seven of the following courses. Passing scores on the state-required certification tests are required prior to application for the K-12 Reading Specialist Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If candidates in the Reading Specialist Certification program apply to continue their studies in the M.Ed. Reading Program, these courses may be applied toward that degree.

Related Links

Elementary Education - K-12 Reading, Certification Program Page

Reading Specialist Fact Sheet

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

  • Certificate GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum grade of B required in all coursework
Required Courses
ELEC 608Historical, Psychological & Linguistic Foundations of Literacy3
ELEC 610The Reading Program in the Elementary School3
ELEC 612The Reading Program in the Middle/Secondary School3
ELEC 614Foundations of Instructional Coaching3
ELEC 622Literacy Assessment Analysis & Instructional Decision Making3
ELEC 625Practicum: Assessment and Instruction for the Reading Specialist3
ELEC 629Practicum: Organization and Administration of School Reading Programs3
Total Hours21

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Certification in Reading Specialist (919C)
Revised 08.29.2023