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Literacy & Culture/Reading Specialist Endorsement
The Reading Specialist/Coach professional endorsement is designed for teachers who have a Master's degree. It provides teachers the opportunity to investigate research-based theories in reading and writing, put theory into effective practice, and examine how culture impacts teaching and learning. The goal is to produce competent teacher-leaders able to teach reading and writing across the curriculum within the parameters of research-based literacy techniques and assessments.
Admission to this professional endorsement is on the same basis as admission to the master's degree in Education/Literacy and Culture at Longwood University. Students entering must possess a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional License or equivalent from another state. Applicants must also be currently employed in a school division or have a minimum of two (2) years' teaching experience under a full-time teaching contract and the capacity to work directly with students in an educational setting as they proceed through the endorsement.
Students interested in pursuing licensure as a Reading Specialist in the Commonwealth of Virginia are advised to obtain and adhere to the regulations of the Virginia Department of Education (www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/
licensure/licensure_regs.pdf) and to work with their school division's personnel department to determine eligibility. In addition to completion of this approved graduate level program, the VDOE requires passing scores on the RVE for Reading Specialists and at least three (3) years of successful classroom teaching experience in which the teaching of reading was an important responsibility Students should not attempt the VRA for Reading Specialists prior to the completion of EDUC 626.
NOTE: All applicants must meet with the program coordinator and create a course completion plan upon being admitted.
- EDUC 518 Teaching the Writing Process K-8 (3)
- EDUC 524 Emergent & Early Literacy Instruction (3)
- EDUC 526 Evaluation of Literacy (3)
- EDUC 527 Strategies for Students who Struggle with Literacy (3)
- EDUC 626 Practicum I: Analysis & Instruction in Literacy (3)
- EDUC 645 Developing Leaders in Literacy (3)
- EDUC 646 Practicum II: Leadership in Literacy (3)
- EDUC 647 Professional Portfolio (1)
Elective Course (3)
Select one course from the following:
- EDUC 529 Teaching Comprehension Strategies (3)
- EDUC 595 Special Topics (3)
- OR another three-credit course approved by the advisor
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED 25
Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.