Academic Programs of Study

Reading Education


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

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Reading Education at Marywood

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.

More About This Degree

Frances E. Russell, I.H.M., Ph.D, C.M.F.C
Associate Professor of Education

Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education and Educational Leadership

Tammy B.H. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Reading Program and ESL Program

Christine L. Fryer, Ed.D.
Chairperson of the School of Education, Clinical Assistant Professor
This is just a sample of our Education faculty - see them all!

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.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally 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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Tony Roma

Graduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 4529

About Me: I joined the Marywood Admissions staff in December 2012. I attended Marywood for both my undergraduate and graduate programs. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Business in 2010, and my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration in 2012. I am originally from Endicott, New York, but currently reside in Jermyn, Pa.

My Interests: I’m a sports junkie! I love playing sports and watching sports, especially soccer, which I played and coached at Marywood. I also love basketball and football. I spend my free time with my wife, family, and friends. I enjoy running at Lake Scranton and working out at Marywood's Center for Athletics and Wellness. 

My Favorite Thing about Marywood: I love the sense of community at Marywood – it feels like one big family! We have so many great events all throughout the year and it is wonderful to see the students, faculty, and staff all come together. Marywood also has many beautiful, new facilities.

My Favorite Place on Campus: I love the Center for Athletics and Wellness because of the modern weight room, indoor track, and basketball arena. I also enjoy spending time in the Learning Commons.  Electric City coffee, the cafe area, and the student atmosphere make the Learning Commons a great place to be!

You’d Never Guess: I am the first generation in my family to be born in the United States. Both of my parents were born in Italy, and my maternal grandparents still live in Pofi, Italy.

My Best Advice:   My advice to prospective graduate students is to have an open communication flow with the admissions staff and faculty members.  Be aware of program deadlines, per-requisite courses you must complete, and exactly what materials you are required to submit.  Graduate admissions can get tricky because each department is looking for something a little bit different!

Reading Education Program

33 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 (PK-12), or obtain only the Reading Specialist certification (PK-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 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, (3 credits) in educational psychology, (9 credits) in special education, and (3 credits) in Teaching ESL plus an initial certification are prerequisites for this program. Students who do not have this background will need to complete any missing credits.