Program overview

Rider’s reading specialist endorsement teaches educators research-based strategies to assess and support the literacy development of all children. The role of a reading specialist includes working one-on-one with struggling learners and providing support for colleagues by modeling effective strategies for helping children and offering professional development in reading and writing strategies.

Please note the New Jersey Department of Education has proposed changes to the Reading Specialist certification requirements. If these changes are approved, students in the Reading Specialist program may need to complete the program and apply to the NJ Department of Education for the Reading Specialist endorsement by August 31, 2025. If you have any questions, contact your academic advisor.

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Certificates and endorsements explained

Initial teaching certification is the first step while additional certifications, endorsements and degrees add qualifications to an existing license.


Heather Casey


Department of Teacher Education

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall

hcasey [at]


Academic Focus: Literacy Education

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