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Reading Specialist (M.Ed.)

If you're interested in promoting literacy development for your students or advancing your career as an educator, York College's Reading Specialist M.Ed. may be a perfect fit. Throughout your graduate courses, you'll build expertise in reading instruction, childhood and adolescent literature, literacy program development, and the application of these strategies in the classroom.

This fully online M.Ed. program encourages live interaction in your classes, while also allowing you the freedom to complete assignments at a time convenient to your busy schedule. Our faculty, composed of dynamic and engaging youth literacy scholars and practitioners, will guide you every step of the way. 

You can choose to earn the full Master of Education degree with the Reading Specialist Certification (36 credits), or earn the Reading Specialist Certificate alone (24 credits). Students with a valid Pennsylvania teaching certificate will also be able to apply to PDE for the Reading Specialist Certification (PK-12).

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  • Credit requirements

    The Masters of Education, Reading Specialist degree with the PA Reading Specialist Certificate can be completed in 36 credits.

    Students can earn the certification as a stand-alone program in 24 credits.

  • The Education Graduate Core (Required for the M.Ed. Degree)
    • MED501 - Introduction to Educational Research (3)
    • MED502 - Development, Learning, and Inclusive Practices (3)
    • MED503 - Curriculum Trends and Issues (3)
    • MED5XX - Graduate Elective (Level 500+) (3)
  • Courses for Reading Specialization
    • MED510 - Foundations of Reading Instruction (3)
    • MED511 - Children and Adolescent Literature (3)
    • MED512 - Advanced Reading in the Content Areas (3)
    • MED513 - Development & Administration of School Reading Programs (3)
    • MED520 - Advanced Psychology of Reading (3)
    • MED524 - The Reading Specialist as Literacy Coach (3)
    • MED526 - Clinical Practicum in Reading: Diagnosis and Assessment (3)
    • MED527 - Clinical Practicum in Reading: Correction and Remediation (3)

Discover Community Partnerships

York College partners with a number of community organizations and businesses to provide employees with discounted graduate-level education. Please consult with your Human Resources department to determine if your organization is a participating partner. 

Contact Us
Master of Education
Josh DeSantis, D.Ed., Director, Graduate Programs in Behavioral Sciences and Education
Appell Life Sciences Building, Room 356
Phone: 717.815.1939
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.