School of Education - George Mason University

The reading specialist has specialized knowledge of assessment and diagnosis that is vital for developing, implementing, and evaluating the literacy program in general, and in designing instruction for individual students.

This 21-credit Literacy/Reading Instruction graduate certificate, a state-approved (Virginia) sequence of courses leading to reading specialist licensure, is designed for teachers who have a master’s degree. Course work includes foundational knowledge, instructional and assessment strategies for individuals and groups, and preparation as a literacy coach and staff developer. Licensure also requires a master’s degree, passing the Virginia Reading Assessment, and three years of teaching under contract.

Literacy/Reading Instruction Graduate Certificate with a concentration in Reading Specialist K-12

Students enrolled in this program must earn a B- or higher in all coursework.

Total: 21 credits