Reading Education


  • A balance of theory and research
  • Teach all aspects of literacy development
  • Reading clinic

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Our Graduate Reading Program provides students with a balance of theory/research and practical techniques that prepare them to teach all aspects of literacy development. You will leave our program with many strategies to have a positive effect of literacy development, the ability to create techniques, and the ability to make sound judgments regarding any new strategies to which you will be exposed in your career.

Offered as a second certification only.

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Full Time Faculty - Education Department

Patricia Arter, Ed.D, Chairperson

Tammy Brown, Ph.D.

Kathryn Clauss, IHM, Ph.D.

Christine Fryer, M.S.

Michelle Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Bernice Lukus, M.S.

Joseph Polizzi, Ph.D.

Frances Russell, IHM, Ph.D.

Kathleen Ruthkosky, Ph.D.

Tonya Saddler, Ph.D.

Mary Salvaterra, Ph.D., C.S.J.

Kerri Tobin, Ph.D.

Amy Wincek, M.S.

We have a Reading Clinic where our students test and instruct young people from the community. Each Reading Clinic testing/teaching room is equipped with recording equipment and a personal computer. Students also have the use of the Learning Resource Center (with Online resources), as well as the Curriculum and Computer Labs.


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Major: Special Education and Early Childhood Education

Hometown: Hawthorne, New Jersey

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Favorite Marywood moment: My favorite Marywood moment is a tie between winning Homecoming Court last year, joining Zeta Phi Delta, and presenting at the National Association for Campus Activities Conference.

Favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is Nazareth Hall. Our dining hall is there as well as the Fireplace Lounge and Latour Room, where I get to put on amazing Student Activities events. The SAC office is in Nazareth Hall as well, and that's become my home away from home.

Favorite thing about being an Ambassador: My favorite thing about being an ambassador is getting to share all of my favorite things about Marywood with prospective families and students.

Fun fact: I swam with sea turtles.

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Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Reading Education Program

36 semester hours

The goal of the Reading Education program is to equip teachers with the knowledge and expertise needed to teach reading to children and adults.

Each course stresses both the theories resulting from the latest research and the practical application of these theories in the classroom.

Students may obtain a Master of Science degree in Reading Education, which includes the Reading Specialist certification (K-12), or obtain only the Reading Specialist certification (K-12).

The program leading to a master's degree in reading consists of 33 hours of graduate coursework. The areas of study include:

  1. Nine semester hours in the field of education, to give the student an adequate background in research techniques, theories of learning, and foundations of education.
  2. Twenty-four semester hours in the area of reading to give students an understanding of:
    1. recent research in the field of reading and how it affects the teaching of reading;
    2. tried and approved methods of teaching reading;
    3. diagnosis and remediation of reading problems;
    4. organization and management of the reading classroom.

In addition to the successful completion of designated coursework, students are required to complete a Professional Contribution under the direction of a faculty mentor and give a public presentation of their projects.

Master of Science in Reading Education

33 semester hours


9 semester hours

EDUC 501 Research Theory
EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education
EDUC 554 Contemporary Learning Theories
EDUC 555 Professional Contribution


24-27 semester hours

R ED 524A Creative Teaching of Language Arts
R ED 526 Teaching Content Area Reading
R ED 530 Reading Disabilities and Diagnosis
*R ED 533 Remedial Techniques
** R ED 540 Practicum/Seminar in Reading
***R ED 542 Organization of School Reading Programs
EDUC 511 Children’s Literature
R ED 546 Reading Specialist Internship
*Prerequisite: R ED 530
**Prerequisites: R ED 524A, 526, 530, 533
***Prerequisites: R ED 524A, 526

Please note: coursework (3 credits) in developmental psychology or human development and (3 credits) in educational psychology, (9 credits) of special education, and (3 credits) of Teaching ESL plus an initial certification are prerequisites for this program.