E&H Adds Online Reading Specialist Program

Posted on: Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 by Kevin Call
Emory & Henry College has created an online option for its successful master of education program in reading (reading specialist).

Emory & Henry College has created an online option for its successful master of education program in reading (reading specialist, M.A.Ed.).

With this online delivery option, teachers who live beyond a reasonable driving distance to campus can now realize their professional goals and earn both a master’s degree in education and a second licensure as a reading specialist. 

Dr. Janet Justice Crickmer

The College created this option for teachers licensed in Virginia in part to help students who are unable to make a weekly commute to the campus for classes. The program is geared toward graduate students who want to increase their understanding of effective literacy methods for students in grades K through 12.

The online Reading Specialist program will have the same content and learning objectives as the current classroom program and is approved by the Virginia Department of Education and nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

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Elementary, middle, and secondary teachers who successfully complete the M.Ed. in Reading program, take and pass the Reading for Virginia Educators, Reading Specialist, test, and have completed at least three years of teaching in an area in which reading is a primary responsibility are eligible for Virginia Department of Education licensure as a Reading Specialist in Virginia. The M.Ed. program includes 30 hours of coursework and practicum experiences and can be completed in two years. Twenty-four of the 30 hours will be completed online. Six hours will be completed through a hybrid delivery method with a one week summer residential experience on the campus of Emory & Henry College during the two summer semesters of the program.

According to the program’s director, Dr. Janet Justice Crickmer, more than 250 students have completed the College’s face-to-face reading program since 2001. “Over the last 15 years teachers and administrators have expressed a great deal of interest in an E&H online reading specialist program,” Crickmer said. “With this online delivery option, teachers who live beyond a reasonable driving distance to campus can now realize their professional goals and earn both a master’s degree in education and a second licensure as a reading specialist.”

Emory & Henry’s master’s degree program in reading enjoys a strong reputation for preparing competent, caring and qualified literacy specialists who can effectively address the needs of diverse K through 12 literacy learners and supporting teachers who lack similar expertise.

The program supports a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction that combines explicit teacher-directed instruction and student-centered learning while providing authentic literacy experiences.
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