The School of Education offers a Post-Master's Certificate for Reading Specialist, designed for students who wish to gain state licensure as a reading specialist in kindergarten through high school settings. Applicants are required to have at least three years of teaching experience in a reading-related field setting if they want to be recommended to the Department of Education for endorsement as a reading specialist in Virginia. Persons completing the program are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the reading language learning process and the ability to critique, adapt and model use of a variety of reading instructional strategies, methods and programs. Students will also acquire expertise in developing and providing for continuous assessment of an individual and groups. Program outcomes include the ability to implement school-wide developmental, creative and intervention reading/language arts programs, and the ability to understand and apply theory to practice within a variety of cultural contexts.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education