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The Department of Leadership and Teacher Education offers two options for Reading certification entirely over the Internet:

Option 1:
Option 2:

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Application Deadlines
Admission Requirements
Requirements for admission are...


Graduate School Requirements
Graduate School Requirements include:

1. A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.

2. One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

3. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional abilities. In addition, the letters should reference the applicant's dispositions necessary to help P-12 students learn.

4. A two-page narrative from the applicant indicating the applicant's goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing the field of Reading, and the dispositions that make the applicant a good candidate for helping P-12 students learn.

5. Valid Certification: For the master's degree, baccalaureate-level or master's level professional educator certification in a teaching field

6. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including the written component (required of all applicants, regardless of degrees and certificates previously earned).

7. Submission of resume with chronology of professional employment.

Applications, transcripts, letters, and all supporting materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 by the deadlines noted above. Final admission decision involves evaluation of the following: grade-point average, scores on the GRE, letters of recommendation, applicant's statement of career goal(s) and purpose(s), professional experience, and program enrollment and availability.

Prospective students who hold a teaching certificate at the "B" or "A" level may apply for admission and complete the requirements as outlined at: http://www.southalabama.edu/coe/forms/reda.pdf

Technology Requirements
Students entering this program must have access to the Internet and a computer that contains the Microsoft Office® suite. Specifically, the programs should include Microsoft Word, Access, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher. An academic price is available to students and teachers at a substantial savings through the University of South Alabama Bookstore (1-888-JAGS-RAH). Because students will be required to spend a great deal of time searching the Web, a high-speed Internet connection is highly recommended.

      Program Requirements
Master of Education Degree leading to Certification in Reading, P-12 and Elementary Education
(39 semester hours)

Students entering this program must have valid baccalaureate-level or master's level professional educator certification in a teaching field. Program requirements include:


Reading Specialist
Field Core
(21 semester hours)

  Instructional Support
(18 semester hours)
  EPY ...

Instructional Support courses taken as part of another master's degree may be used in this area, for students seeking certification only and do not intend to seek a second master's degree if the content us current.

For more information about the programs leading to certification in Reading, contact Dr. Leah Kinniburgh (lkinniburgh@southalabama.edu), 251-380-2650, University of South Alabama, College of Education, Department of Leadership and Teacher Education, Mobile, AL 36688.

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Date last changed: March 6, 2013 2:59 PM