Communication Sciences and Disorders

Certificate of Advanced Study in Reading

Overview

The Reading Specialist License program is designed for educators with an initial license in another subject matter area who wish to become licensed as a reading specialist.

This program complements the credentials of classroom teachers, special educators, speech-language pathologists, administrators, psychologists, and private tutors.

With its foundation in spoken-language development, the program is relevant for educators of students who are second-language learners and those with diverse linguistic backgrounds.

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The Reading Specialist Licensure program at MGH Institute is 1 of only 17 programs in the country accredited by the International Dyslexia Association for meeting their Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

 

 

Summer classes begin May 19, 2014.
Fall classes begin September 8, 2014.

This comprehensive 20-credit reading program:

  • Starts three times a year, beginning September, January and May
  • Allows full- or part-time study with course schedules designed to accommodate busy professionals

Most students complete the program in 18 months, on a part-time basis.

Curricular Goals for the Reading Specialist Program

The Reading Certificate program places emphasis on how language development relates to reading proficiency and communication disorders. In the context of the latest evidence-based research, you will:

  • Become proficient in providing reading instruction for all students
  • Learn the most effective classroom screening instruments and individual diagnostic literacy tests
  • Develop the skills associated with interdisciplinary case consultation skills
  • Be prepared to take on a literacy leadership position

A major goal of the program is to develop you as a literacy leader who is able to leverage your knowledge and experience in order to improve reading and writing practices in schools and health care settings.

See the program's application process and requirements for more information. The Reading Specialist Certificate is in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Educators who wish to schedule an Information Session at their school or have specific questions about the program may contact the Reading Certificate program director, Dr. Richard Santeusanio.


If you are a student enrolled in or prospective student for the joint Master of Arts in Teaching Reading (Regis College), please review that option on the Reading Concentration page.

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