Reading and Literacy Education

This program prepares students to become professionals of literacy education in school, business, industrial, and other settings where coaching in reading and writing skills are offered. The program is approved by the New Jersey State Board of Education for preparation of certified reading specialists and teachers of reading. Because the program is nationally accredited, graduates qualify for reading specialist certification in states across the country including Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware.

The program incorporates a theory-based curriculum that defines reading and writing as language processes.  Translation of the theory occurs in three on-campus practicum experiences in the Rider University Center for Reading and Writing, a learning center considered one of the best in the world.  In this setting, graduate students assess the literacy needs of children ages 6 through 17 observing their language, learning, reading, composing (writing), listening, and speaking strengths and needs.  Once these are determined, developmental, remedial, and gifted programs are designed for children in all grades, of all ages, and all abilities. The experiences in the Center replicate, as much as possible, a classroom as well as a resource room and basic skills program.  Education for the children’s caregivers is included in the training.  Professional faculty trained in integrating literacy processes and certified as reading specialists assist and supervise in the education of future reading specialists.

Course Requirements

Group I-Foundations of Reading/Language Arts (21 semester hours)
READ-501 Psychology and Pedagogy of the Reading/Language Process 3
READ-502 Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision in Reading/Literacy Education 3
READ-503 Content Reading in High School, College and Continuing Education 3
READ-504 Diagnosis of Reading/Language Abilities and Disabilities: Seminar and Practicum 3
READ-505* Supervised Practicum/Clinical Work in Reading/Literacy Education 3
READ-508 Reading and the Bilingual/Bicultural Child
READ-509* Advanced Supervised Practicum/Clinical Work in Reading/Literacy Education 3
READ-600 Independent Study and Research in Reading/Literacy Education 3
*Either one or both (READ-505 and READ-509) must be taken in a summer session barring extenuating circumstances.
Group II-Literature and Language Foundations (6 semester hours)
READ-510 Foundations of Linguistics and Psycholinguistics 3



Research into and Survey of Literature for Children
Adolescent Literature

Group III-Education Foundations (3 semester hours)
May be taken in another category with consent of advisor if similar course work has been completed.
Group IV-Research and Measurement Foundations (6 semester hours)
EDUC-500 Introduction to Research
Testing and Measurement Techniques in Reading/Language Arts 3
Group V-Educational Psychology (3 semester hours)
EDPS-512 Psychology of Exceptionality 3

Master of Arts in Reading/Language Arts and Teacher Preparation Combined Program

Many states require teacher certification as a prerequisite for the reading specialist certification (e.g., New Jersey). Students may combine the master of arts in language arts with the teacher certification program. A student interested in enrolling in both programs must make application to each. Some courses fill reciprocal requirements. Program advisors will guide students to select courses appropriately.

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2013-2014 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.