Reading Specialist

Coordinator: Dr. Tamara Spencer
Office: University Hall, Room 3173
Phone: (973) 655-4255
Email: spencert@mail.montclair.edu

Overview

The Reading Specialist program prepares educators to meet present and future demands as literacy specialists. Ever-increasing cultural and linguistic diversity, coupled with persistent disparities in student achievement outcomes, require educators to be able to meet the literacy learning needs of all students. Our graduate reading programs emphasize practice informed by current theory and research, and provide a range of learning experiences that enhance candidates’ understanding of what it means to be an effective literacy educator within a range of social and political contexts. The program is designed to provide literacy educators with theoretical understanding, content knowledge, and practical experiences that prepare them for specialist roles within a variety of institutional and policy contexts. The curriculum is designed to meet institutional, state, and national professional standards and emphasizes critical reflection and self-evaluation. It provides preparation for careers including:

  • Reading specialists and teachers in P-12 schools and school district offices
  • Reading specialists for non-profit groups and community centers
  • Reading specialists in alternative education programs
  • Reading diagnosticians and instructors in hospitals and clinics
  • Reading consultants in business and industry
  • Reading research/development specialists in government agencies
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Advanced Graduate Study in Literacy, Reading and Educational Media Brochure
The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education offers a master’s degree and certification programs that prepare educators to meet present and future demands as literacy specialists. Ever-increasing cultural and linguistic diversity, coupled with persistent disparities in student achievement outcomes, require educators to be able to meet the literacy learning needs of all students.

View Program Brochure - Advanced Graduate Study in Literacy, Reading and Educational Media