Reading Specialist Certification Curriculum and Schedule

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33 credits required

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NOTE: Please use the course descriptions and prerequisites linked from the course numbers on this page, not those on the course schedule on the right, as they may differ.

To access graduate course schedule:

Course # Course Title

 2014 Schedule


 C I 400 Introduction to Research Literature N/A
 C I 501 Teaching as Inquiry N/A
 C I 550 Overview of Contemporary School Curriculum


EDPSY 421 Learning processes in Relation to Educational Practices N/A
EDPSY 526 Psychology of Reading(prerequisite: EDPSY 421) N/A


 LL ED 450 Content Area Reading N/A 
 LL ED 500 The Reading and Writing Classroom N/A 
 LL ED 541 Adolescent and Children's Literature Related to Ethnic and Social Issues N/A
 LLED 545 Literature & Language Assessment for Instruction (pre-requisite: LL ED 500 or instructor approval ) N/A
LL ED 597 

Special Topics:  Issues in Teaching Reading and Writing to English Language Learners



(Must be taken concurrently. Offered summers only)

 LLED 550 Theory & Practicum in Assessment & Instruction/Reading Difficulty N/A
 LLED 595A  Practicum: Remedial Procedures and Diagnosis N/A

NOTE:  To start the Reading Specialist certification, you need:

  • Certification I in elementary or a content area.  If you do not have this certification, see your academic adviser, Dr. Laura Roy, prior to taking courses.
  • A passing grade on Penn State University’s Pre-Certification Exam on Educating the Handicapped in PA OR a Special Education course. Another option in place of the University’s Pre-certification exam is the PATTAN course, which is a FREE 4 week, 15 hour interactive online course. After completing this course, verification MUST be sent to the Education Division at Great Valley.  Visit to register for the PATTAN course.
  • To take the PRAXIS Reading Specialist Exam – Qualifying score is 570. Contact information for PRAXIS is 1-800-772-9476 or e-mail or
  • To earn an M.Ed. in Literacy as well as the certification, students complete a master's paper (3 credits) for a total of 39 credits.
  • To contact Dr. Laura Roy at before completing 6 credit hours.