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

Option 1:
Master of Education Degree Elementary Education leading to Certification in Reading, P-12 and Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education
Option 2:
Alabama Reading Certification for currently certified teachers with a master’s degree

For students who already hold a Class "B" certificate in a teaching field, the Master of Education option will help lead them to Class "A" certification in Reading P-12 and Class "A" certification in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education.

Those who already hold a Masters Class "A" certification may complete additional coursework to lead to Class "A" certification in Reading P-12.

The online format offers students the flexibility and convenience of taking graduate courses at home, at the office, or wherever they have access to the Internet. These programs are designed to provide contact with the professor, interaction with other students, and access to the University Library and other services.

Satisfactory progress in the program will be predicated on a combination of factors such as academic success, demonstration of competence in requisite skills, adherence to ethical standards, and appropriate interpersonal functioning. Students who do not demonstrate satisfactory competence with any of these critical areas of professional performance may be terminated from the program. Core faculty will evaluate students on a continuing basis to determine students' satisfactory progression through the program.

Application Deadlines
Applicants for the Master's Degree in Education and Reading Specialist certification are reviewed throughout the year. Deadlines for all application materials (specified below) are:

Fall admission – June 15
Spring admission – November 1
Summer admission – April 1

Admission Requirements
Requirements for admission are (in addition to the general Graduate School Standards):

Requirements for admission to the Class A Reading Specialist program shall include:

1. At least baccalaureate-level professional educator certification in any area of education

2. Two years of successful classroom teaching experience

3. Certification in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Collaborative Teacher (K-6 or 6-12), or Secondary Education.

4. Completion of two reading courses including an introduction to reading course.

* All certification programs require an introductory special education SPE 500, if not completed at the undergraduate level. This is in addition to the 33 semester hour requirement.

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:

1. Completing a minimum of 39-42 semester hours as outlined below, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 ("B") on all work attempted. A minimum grade of "B" is required for all RED courses, and a satisfactory performance is required in each of the internship experiences.

2. Passing a written comprehensive examination.

3. Passing the PRAXIS II, test for Teachers of Reading

Reading Specialist
Field Core
(21 semester hours)
EEC 532 Language Arts (3 hours)
RED 531 Trends and Practices in Teaching Reading (3 hours)
RED 533 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities (3 hours)
RED 534 Remedial and Clinical Procedures in Reading (3 hours)
RED 541 Literacy in the Content Areas (3 hours)
RED 548 Reading Coaching
RED 595 Internship in Reading

  Instructional Support
(18 semester hours)
  EPY 502 Psychological Principles of Learning
EDM 510 Microcomputing Systems in Education
EDF 515 Multicultural Education
IDE 510 Educational Research and Evaluation

EEC 522 Elementary School Curriculum (if preexisting certification is in secondary education) –OR- SED 552 The High School Curriculum (if preexisting certification is in elementary education)

SPE 500 Nature & Needs of Exceptional Children and Youth

EEC 553 Organization and Administration in Early Childhood Education is required for individuals seeking both Reading and Early Childhood Education certification.

(All certification programs require an introductory special education course SPE 500 if not completed at the undergraduate level. This is in addition to the 39-42 semester hour requirement.)

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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