[[The Reading Program]] Shippensburg University provides a graduate program leading to the Master of Education degree with specialization in reading is offered for fully certified elementary and secondary school teachers. A master's degree also certifies the graduate as a reading specialist. Our reading master’s program combines fieldwork with foundational classes to prepare students for careers in a variety of settings. Many PA graduate programs for reading focus on one category and teaching area. Our reading program requires students to complete three different status categories from admission to graduation. Faculty prepare students throughout each category of our reading master’s degree program. Students benefit from a well-rounded foundation and practicum experience that will help them develop their teaching skills.
[[Reading Admissions Requirements]] Applicants who have elementary or secondary certification are required to complete a minimum of 33 semester hour credits of graduate work for the Master of Education degree with specialization in reading. Additional course work may be required due to deficiencies in undergraduate preparation. Background courses that may be required (but are not limited to) include: Children's Literature; Teaching of Reading; and a Language Arts. Please note: Background courses are in addition to graduate program requirements and must be completed prior to enrollment in any graduate reading courses. All students will be admitted on an initial basis. Students will be fully admitted to the program when they successfully complete the initial requirements. To be considered for admission, applicants must provide the following: - Graduate admission application - Transcripts of all undergraduate/graduate work - GPA of 3.0 on previous undergraduate course work - Three letters of reference from educators in the field - Supplementary Data Form
Upon receipt of all required documentation, a member of the reading faculty from the Department of Teacher Education will interview candidates. Potential students will not be interviewed if they have not submitted all the documentation required for initial admission. At the time of the interview, a planning sheet outlining a program of courses will be developed. This planning sheet, approved by the student's advisor (interviewer), must be completed and placed on file in the Department of Teacher Education.