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What’s a Reading Specialist?
A Reading Specialist is a creative collaborator whose job roles can vary from teaching the whole class, to consulting and team teaching with the general educator, or working with small groups or individual students on reading skills — and becomes the catalyst between students, parents, teachers and administrators to increase literacy proficiency.
The E&H Difference:
Focus on the structure of the English language, and the relationship between sounds of oral language, the symbols that represent them, and the patterns learned through word study. Phonics
Attention to how cognitive and linguistic processes work with text structures in the meaning-making process. Comprehension
We give major attention to what writing instruction works, and how it can be put effectively into practice. Writing
Attention to informal assessment, with an emphasis on formal assessments, and how to interpret the data gathered to inform instructional decisions. Assessment
We explore how effective instruction for native English speakers works the same or differently for non-native speakers of English.
The current research about all these topics — how to read it and how to evaluate it — is emphasized throughout the program.
This program is designed for teachers licensed in Virginia who are unable to make a weekly commute to our campus for classes but want to increase their understanding of effective literacy methods for students in grades preK – 12. The program will have the same content and learning objectives as our current face-to-face program and is approved by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
- Format: Online
- Internship: Yes
- Credit Hours: 30
- Tuition: $450 per credit hour
- Residency Required: Yes, but only for a 2-Day & 5-Day on-campus residential experience.
- State of Residency Requirements: Currently, we are accepting applications from students who are residents of the state of Virginia only.
- License: Successful completion of the program, including a passing score on the Reading For Virginia Educators (Reading Specialist) test, leads to Reading Specialist license in Virginia.
The E&H Reading Specialist online program satisfies coursework requirements for licensure that is only applicable to those who seek teaching license in the state of Virginia.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
As a general rule, Financial Aid and Scholarships are not offered to Graduate students. However, there may be certain financial aid loan options available depending on your circumstances. To learn more about potential loan options, contact the E&H Financial Aid Department at · (276) 944–6940
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Jordan King Graham, ’13
Watauga Elementary Teacher
After I finished my undergraduate teaching internship, I knew I needed to further my knowledge of teaching reading to help my students achieve success. I started the reading specialist cohort right after I accepted my first job as a second grade teacher. The professors were highly knowledgeable in reading and writing strategies. Not only was I able to utilize my newfound knowledge in the classroom, but also with my own two children as they develop early literacy skills. I am confident that the research based educational practices I gained at Emory & Henry have benefitted my students.
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Rates that Indicate the Success of our Reading Specialist Program Graduates
- A recent survey of our M.A Ed. Reading program completers revealed that 98% of the responders have been continuously employed since completing our program.
- Since 2002, 201 or 97% of our 208 program candidates have completed the M.A Ed. Reading program in two consecutive years.
- Results from a survey completed by the supervisors of our reading specialist program graduates show that principals and key instructional leaders believe our graduates are extremely knowledgeable in three important areas: subject matter, pedagogy, and teaching and caring.