National Institute for Professional Practice Partners with Wilkes University to Offer Reading Master’s Degree

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In partnership with Wilkes University, The National Institute for Professional Practice is launching an online Master of Science degree in Reading with Pennsylvania Reading Specialist certification.

The coursework is designed to help educators become an advocate for literacy by providing the strategic knowledge and tools that are required to identify and address the literacy needs of struggling learners in diverse populations.

In partnership with Wilkes University, The National Institute for Professional Practice is launching an online Master of Science degree in Reading with Pennsylvania Reading Specialist certification.

This is an exciting opportunity for K-12 educators to advance their professional career by acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to help struggling readers and writers achieve grade-level goals through classroom instruction or leadership in the school’s reading program. Successful completion of the research-based reading program will lead to certification as a reading specialist.

The 36-credit program is conducted online, allowing learners freedom to engage in the learning activities at their convenience. Candidates are able to complete required field hours in a local setting. The coursework is designed to help educators become an advocate for literacy by providing the strategic knowledge and tools that are required to identify and address the literacy needs of struggling learners in diverse populations.

During the course of study, candidates will develop a deep understanding of the foundations of reading, language acquisition, emergent literacy development, linguistic theory, and literacy assessment that will shape their role as a reading specialist. Candidates will engage in embedded learning, allowing for immediate application and evaluation of effective research-based instructional strategies in their own classrooms that diagnose and re-mediate reading difficulties. Action research will be employed to extend newly developed knowledge and skills.

The following courses will be available for the Spring 2012 semester, “Foundations of Language and Literacy Acquisition” and “Reading and Writing across the Curriculum”.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, a valid Pennsylvania teaching certificate and meet Wilkes admission requirements. Registration starts November 2011 and classes start in January 2012.

More information visit ProfessionalPractice.org or call 888-235-6555

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