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Reading Specialist - K/12
M.Ed. and Certification Programs Offered
  

M.Ed. Reading Specialist, K-12

This track allows you to apply your studies in reading with a comprehensive Learning Communities Curriculum to earn your Master of Education with a Reading Specialist emphasis. This track typically takes one to two years to complete. Classes are offered on evenings and/or weekends during Fall and Spring semesters and during the day in the Summer.  


Credit Hours:

The Master of Education with the Reading Specialist emphasis is 30-39 hours depending upon grade level of licensure.

Education Core Courses (12 Hours)
EDU 6040  Leadership and Learning in Organizations 3
EDU 6050  Facilitating Learning in Organizations 3
EDU 6060  Concepts of Learning Communities 3
EDU 6070  Research and Assessment in Learning Communities 3   

Program Emphasis (12 Hours)
EDU 5240  Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties - 3 
EDU 5250  Practicum in Reading - 3 
EDU 5260  Reading Specialist Resource Teacher - 3 
EDU 5040  Literature for Children and Adolescents - 3

Other Courses (3-9 Hours)
EDU 5020 Literacy I* - 3
EDU 5030 Literacy II** - 3
EDU 5270 Literacy Across  the Secondary Curriculum*** - 3

THESIS (3 Hours)  
EDU 6900 Thesis - 3
  
TOTAL HOURS (30-39 Hours)

* Completed at Belmont as part of initial ECE or middle Grade licensure (Pre K 3-4 , 4-8, K-6)
** Completed at Belmont as part of initial ECE or Middle Grades licensure. (Pre K 3-4 , 4-8, K-6)
*** Completed at Belmont as part of initial secondary licensure. (7-12, K-12)


Reading Specialist Certification Program – K/12 

Purpose:
The Reading Specialist Program is designed for licensed teachers who want certification as a Reading Specialist.

Programs Offered:
Certification Only: This track typically takes one year to complete. The classes are offered on evenings and/or weekends during Fall and Spring semesters and during the day in the Summer. 

Credit Hours: 
Credit hours for certification may range from 15 to 21 depending on the area of licensure (PreK-3 and 4, K-6, 4-8, 7-12, K-12) as well as previous coursework.


For more information contact Dr. Rachael Flynn-Hopper.


“Belmont’s Reading Specialist Endorsement Program has been a wonderful experience for myself-  from working with the professors, to the program aligning to my beliefs in literacy. Belmont has truly enhanced my knowledge in literacy across the grade levels.”
- Debbie Key 
Literacy Coach, Heritage Elementary School



"I really enjoyed attending Belmont University for my M.Ed. and Reading Specialist Certification.  I liked the small classes and the individualized help that the professors were able to provide.  The reading classes I took helped provide more insight into reading behaviors and how to help the students become readers at my school."
- Stacey Elkins
Reading Specialist, McGavock Elementary School 



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