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Master of Science: Reading with a Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certificate

A Reading master’s degree with a Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certificate from Wilkes University gives you an opportunity to advance your professional career. Complete the courses below to earn your degree in as little as two years!

EDAM 5060: Foundations of Language and Literacy Acquisition

This course introduces the foundations of language and literacy acquisition focusing on the components of a comprehensive literacy program, early reading skills, and classroom environment. Explore historical perspectives in reading instruction, the importance of developing early reading skills, and best practices for developing a classroom environment that fosters early literacy development.

3 credits
Prerequisites: None

EDAM 5061: Assessing Literacy

Explore three areas of expertise required of all 21st century reading specialists: instruction, leadership, and assessment. Explore leadership principles related to conducting meetings, providing professional development, and literacy coaching. In addition, you will investigate the responsibilities of the reading specialist through writing proposals, developing external partnerships, and becoming an agent of change for a school’s literacy program. For the culminating activity, you will analyze a student reading profile and create an instructional intervention and progress monitoring plan.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5060

EDAM 5062: Vocabulary and Comprehension Development

This course focuses on using research-based strategies to develop vocabulary and comprehension. You will be introduced to the vocabulary–comprehension connection and how recognizing literary and informational elements of text and genre improves comprehension. Practice developing lesson plans that incorporate appropriate strategies for use with text comprehension instruction. Collaborate with colleagues to create a vocabulary and comprehension strategy notebook for use in your professional career.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5060

EDAM 5063: Developing Reading Through Writing

This course focuses on how the processes of reading and writing are interrelated. Course documents and activities will help you understand the reading-writing connection and apply instructional strategies and assessment techniques to develop students’ writing.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5060

EDAM 5064: Instructional Strategies to Support Independent Readers

Develop an understanding of instructional practices for supporting your students as independent readers, and apply that knowledge in the following areas: Guided Reading, Matching Texts with Readers, Independent Reading, and Literature Study.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5060

EDAM 5065: Literacy Leadership and Coaching

Explore three areas of expertise required of all 21st century reading specialists: instruction, leadership, and assessment. Explore leadership principles related to conducting meetings, providing professional development, and literacy coaching. In addition, you will investigate the responsibilities of the reading specialist through writing proposals, developing external partnerships, and becoming an agent of change for a school’s literacy program.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5060

EDAM 5049: Content Literacy

This course lays the foundation by answering the question, “Why do I need to change my instruction?” Through this course, many learners will understand that student disinterest and poor achievement can be linked to the use of 20th century teaching strategies being used on 21st century minds. This course will allow learners to reflect on their current instruction in light of what 21st century students need. It will provide a systems view of what needs to change in the classroom and in the school system. The online learner will assess these needs and be introduced to the pedagogical strategies used, including inquiry, project-based learning, and differentiated instruction.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5060

EDAM 5066: Accommodations and Adaptations in Literacy for Diverse Learners

In this course students will learn the dimensions of literacy and the analytic process to prepare for differentiation of instruction so that all children can access literacy instruction. The student will learn a problem-solving model guided by inquiry and resulting in learning activities that will address a child’s specific literacy needs. Teachers will expand their repertoire for supporting students as literacy learners. They will learn to gather and interpret relevant information to differentiate instruction for diverse learners. These techniques will help teachers to provide instruction to a wide range of talents and abilities in the classrooms of today.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5060

EDAM 5068: Emergent Literacy

This course provides an in-depth examination of reading development from birth to kindergarten as well as child development as it relates to emergent literacy.  This course is based on the combination of the scientifically based reading research approach to literacy instruction as well as the emergent literacy perspective, which creates a “value-added” or blended approach to language and literacy teaching and learning.  Research literature will be reviewed as it pertains to children’s literacy development and best practice instructional methodologies.  Students will develop instruction based on the foundation of reading that includes oral language, phonemic and phonological awareness, as well as alphabet knowledge, vocabulary and comprehension.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5060

EDAM 5069: Diagnostic Assessment and Intervention in Literacy

This course is designed to advance the knowledge of the participants to refine and expand the diagnostic and assessment process in determining reading difficulties and interventions. Research based strategies for the assessment and instruction of diverse learners will be examined. 

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5060

EDAM 5067: Reading Specialist Internship

This culminating experience prepares students for the role of reading specialist while working in an instructional setting under the supervision of a licensed reading specialist. Interns will implement reading programs, plan interventions, and apply a range of reading assessments and instructional strategies in the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems. Interns will demonstrate the ability to manage the instructional environment and effectively communicate to promote the development of literacy.

*Students must complete all other courses before enrolling in EDAM 5067.

6 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5060, EDAM 5061, EDAM 5062, EDAM 5063, EDAM 5064, EDAM 5065, EDAM 5066

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