Reading Specialist Endorsement

Program Overview

The Reading Specialist endorsement is designed for educators who have an earned master's degree in education or a related field and are interested in becoming a reading or literacy specialist in a pre-K-12 school.

Curriculum Overview

In order for candidates to be eligible for the Reading Specialist endorsement they must complete four graduate level literacy courses at Rider University. These include:

LITR 501 Psychology and Pedagogy of Literacy Processes

LITR 502 Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision in Literacy

LITR 504 Diagnosis and Correction of Literacy Abilities and Challenges: Seminar and Practicum

 One Graduate Level Literacy Elective

Candidates must also show evidence of at least 18 credits of graduate study across three areas selected from the list below. These areas of study will come from the state approved graduate courses offered in the School of Education at Rider University or a candidate's master’s degree program at other institutions. These include:

  • Children's or Adolescent Literature
  • Measurement
  • Organization of Reading Programs
  • Psychology
  • Staff Supervision
  • Linguistics
  • Special Education
  • Research
  • Foundations of Education

Certificate Offered

  • Reading Specialist


Heather Casey, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Memorial Room 102M

Program Website:  Graduate Level Literacy Concentration

Associated Department: Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling

Related Programs

LITR 501Psychology and Pedagogy of Literacy Processes *3
LITR 502Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision in Literacy *3
LITR 504Diagnosis and Correction of Literacy Abilities and Challenges: Seminar and Practicum *3
LITR 500Multimodal Teaching and Learning **3
LITR 508Literacy and the Bilingual/Bicultural Child **3
LITR 510Research and Survey of Texts for Children and Adolescents **3
LITR 560Writing Project at Rider **3
LITR 600Independent Research and Study in Literacy Education **1-3

*required course

**elective (select at least one)

***candidates must have completed at least two years of teaching by program completion 

LITR 501 Psychology and Pedagogy of Literacy Processes

Studies the communication process from a componential point of view, including language acquisition and development, perception, comprehension and cognition, composition, and language systems. A review of the literature in each area as well as a survey of models of reading and language is included. 3 credits.

LITR 502 Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision in Literacy

Reading and literacy pedagogy for ALL learners, gifted, average, and diverse learners is the course content. Current strategies for teaching comprehension, composition, vocabulary, language study, and independence skills are learned in a workshop setting. How to manage literacy instruction through content areas for all aged children in mainstream classrooms is studied. Parent education and inservice training are also included in course content. 3 credits.

LITR 504 Diagnosis and Correction of Literacy Abilities and Challenges: Seminar and Practicum

Studies reading/language arts abilities and disabilities and standardized and informal tests. Observational techniques and diagnostic teaching for assessment are stressed. 3 credits.

LITR 508 Literacy and the Bilingual/Bicultural Child

Presents multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on bilingual/bicultural children and their reading process. Strategies and materials for second language reading instruction are suggested and discussed. 3 credits.

LITR 510 Research and Survey of Texts for Children and Adolescents

This course surveys developmental trends in texts for children and adolescents. Students will become knowledgeable about the theoretical and practical aspects of the study of the texts (both digital and print) available for youth and adolescents. Candidates will explore their own assumptions about text and the relationship to literacy development. Course participants will explore strategies for integrating print and non-print texts into the school curricula in ways that support youth and adolescent literacy development. 3 credits.

LITR 560 Writing Project at Rider

Examines theory, research, and practices in the teaching of writing K-12, with emphasis on improved practices in teaching writing as well as the personal writing of participants. Students investigate relevant local and national standards and curriculum, design, present, and respond to peer demonstration lessons in writing, and publish to the National Writing Project e-anthology. Further participation in NWP activities is encouraged and supported. This Invitational Summer Institute is part of the National Writing Project network. Project participants, called Summer Fellows, become Teacher Consultants upon completion of the Institute and are expected to maintain affiliation with the Project and to participate in the dissemination of professional development in writing instruction K-12 for all subject areas. 3 credits.

LITR 600 Independent Research and Study in Literacy Education

Course content is designed specifically to meet specific academic needs or interests of students who wish to engage in independent study related to literacy education. 1-3 credits.