PSU’s Master of Education in Reading and Writing is for those seeking K–12 Specialist Certification. The program is aimed at helping K–12 classroom teachers, special educators, Title I personnel, literacy coaches, curriculum coordinators, adult literacy teachers, educators, and administrators provide the highest quality literacy instruction to all students in today’s diverse classrooms.
The program of study builds on candidates’ preparation and experience in reading and writing while addressing standards from the International Reading Association and the NH Department of Education. This advanced specialist program requires that candidates be certified as a teacher and have a minimum of two years of teaching experience before completion of the program. Students work closely with faculty members, who have extensive experience and expertise in the field.
The coursework emphasizes concepts based on the roles of the reading and writing specialist in the areas of instruction, assessment, and leadership. Reading and writing specialists provide service through many roles, including remedial teacher, co-teaching with the regular classroom teacher, professional development provider, literacy coach, Title I coordinator, and mentor. Newly graduated reading and writing professionals in this program will have the opportunity to develop the competencies in providing leadership for school-, district-, and state-level literacy programs, assessing and evaluating reading achievement and literacy programs, and communicating information about literacy to staff, administration, parents, and the community.
Candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skills in six categories of standards outlined by the International Reading Association, including foundational knowledge; curriculum and instruction; assessment and evaluation; diversity; literate environment; and professional development.
This program is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).This program follows standards set out by the International Reading Association.
International Student Requirements:
International Reading and Writing Specialist students must have proof of English level proficiency through either the TOEFL, IELTS, or ELS Level 112 scores.
In addition, you must provide an I-134 Affidavit of Financial Support Form. Documents, including bank statements and other financial documents dated within the past 30 days, that confirm you have the financial resources to study for a year at Plymouth State must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
You must also include a copy of your valid passport with your application materials.
Finally, you must also submit official, notarized transcripts, verifying that you've completed at least a baccalaureate degree, which must be translated into English and evaluated for institutional equivalency.