Endorsement Program for Reading Specialist Certification

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Reading Education
Associated Degree:
  • Certificate/Endorsement
Location(s):
  • Hybrid
Program Level:
  • Non-Degree Program
Program Type:
  • Certificate
  • Nondegree Professional Development

Description

This endorsement program is designed for individuals who wish to receive the reading specialist certification but who already hold a master's degree in education. The certification permits individuals to work as a reading/literacy specialist in K–12 public and private schools. The program is designed to enable teachers to plan programs appropriate for children of differing abilities and diverse cultural backgrounds based on research and theory. The program also fosters a vision of literacy learning as an active social process in which students become engaged readers with strategies for independent reading and the motivation to read for pleasure and for information.

Applicants to this endorsement program must have a master’s degree, a New Jersey standard instructional certificate, and two years of full-time teaching experience. Individuals who are interested in becoming certified as a reading specialist while simultaneously earning a master’s degree should explore the Ed.M. program for reading specialist certification.

Students admitted to this nondegree program may apply to the Ed.M. program for reading specialist certification prior to completing 12 credits and, upon acceptance, may complete both the reading specialist certificate and the master’s degree. Additional requirements beyond the 30 required credits for the certificate include taking 6 credits in consultation with an adviser and completing a portfolio project. It is essential to apply early because taking the courses does not guarantee acceptance to the master’s program.

Admissions

All applicants who are not currently in a Graduate/Non-degree program and don’t have an active RU ID # will need to complete a Graduate Study application. Applications can be completed online or obtained from the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 56 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (848-932-7711).

Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet program requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education WILL NOT refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted. Applications are due two weeks before the beginning of the next semester. Students are admitted throughout the year for this non-degree program.

Program Requirements

In order to apply for this program, an applicant must already possess a New Jersey standard instructional certificate, have two years full-time teaching experience, and must hold a master’s degree. (Anyone interested in becoming certified as a reading specialist while simultaneously earning a master’s degree must apply to the Ed.M. program in Reading with certification rather than this program.)

Students admitted to this Non-Degree program may apply to the Ed.M. program in Reading with Reading Specialist Certification, prior to completing 12 credits and, upon acceptance, may complete both the Reading Specialist Certificate and the Master’s degree. Additional requirements beyond the thirty (30) required credits for the certificate include taking six (6) credits in consultation with an advisor and completing a portfolio project. It is essential that you apply early because taking the courses does not guarantee acceptance to the Master’s program.

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

A complete listing of program requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Erica Boling.

 

Additional Requirements for New Jersey Certification

New Jersey statute N.J.S.A. 18A:37-22 requires that educators entering the work force in the 2012 school year and beyond must have completed through their pre-service preparation (e.g., courses, practicum) a program on harassment, intimation and bullying (HIB) prevention. The HIB prevention requirements apply to the following programs: (a) teachers and education services personnel certifications; and (b) administrative certifications, including chief school administrators, principals, and supervisors. Details on the required training can be found here.

 

If you have general questions about this program or need any assistance with the application process, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services by email, by phone at 848-932-3232, or simply drop by our office for assistance.