Reading Specialist Certificate

Reading specialist and young girl reading book

Literacy is the key component to all academic achievement. Be the person to inspire a lifelong love of reading and help prepare students for the literacy demands of the 21st century.

Program Info

Upon completion of this 24 credit program, candidates are eligible for a K-12 Reading Specialist Certification. In order to obtain certification, graduates must pass the Praxis exam. The Reading Specialist Certification program conveniently offers courses online, hybrid, on campus, and during the summer months.This program can be completed in 18 months. Candidates will study writing theories, literacy theories, literacy assessment and intervention, and will have the opportunity to work in the Duquesne University Reading Clinic. Students who are pursuing the Reading Specialist Certificate have the option to further advance in their studies through the M.S.Ed. English Literacy Education program by taking 4 additional courses, which can provide additional financial aid opportunities!


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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

*Applicants are customarily expected to have a 3.0 grade point average, based on a four-point scale, in their undergraduate work. However, exceptions may be granted on a limited basis, in which there is substantial additional evidence of a student's academic competency. 

Submit application materials to:

Duquesne University School of Education
Office of Graduate Admissions
214A Canevin Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

or

soegrad@duq.edu


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Tuition and Aid

A Duquesne degree is an investment in your future and increases in value over time. Join one of the nation's top-tier universities with the best value, considering cost and academic quality, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. By making this investment in yourself, you will receive the highest level of academic quality from our highly regarded, diverse faculty who are at the forefront of the field of education. At Duquesne, you'll become part of a community of nearly 9,500 students studying at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

In addition to graduate tuition rates, students may also incur fees for administrative services, room, and meals, if applicable. At Duquesne University, we believe that financing your education is a partnership between the student and the university. As part of that partnership, the School of Education offers financial assistance.

University-offered graduate assistantships are available for competitive applications. For graduate assistantships offered by the School of Education, please contact the Program Director or Chair of the Department for your desired program.

For further assistance, please contact the Duquesne University Office of Financial Aid.

Federal government financial aid options:

In addition to awards and scholarships, you may be eligible for financial aid with the federal government. The federal government has loan options that can cover education and living costs. Loan forgiveness options are also available for those working inside and outside of the classroom, these include:

  • Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

For further assistance, please contact FedLoan Servicing.


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Faculty

Carla Meyer

Carla Meyer, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Teacher Education
Program Director
Associate Professor
Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

G14 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5837
meyerc2@duq.edu
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Carla Meyer (Ph.D., Literacy Development and Learning Problems, University of Delaware, 2009) is an associate professor in the School of Education at Duquesne University. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy education. Dr. Meyer is committed to preparing and supporting teaching candidates in their efforts to become life-long learners, collaborators, and problem-solvers. Dr. Meyer has published in several scholarly journals including but not limited to, The Journal of Literacy Research, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The Journal of Literacy Research and Instruction, and The Reading Teacher.


Sandra Quiñones

Sandra Quiñones, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

412A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4517
quinoness@duq.edu
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Sandra Quiñones (Ph.D., Teaching, Curriculum & Change, University of Rochester, 2012), is an associate professor in the Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education at Duquesne University. Her qualitative scholarship focuses on Latina/o education and family-community engagement issues, with an emphasis on bicultural-bilingual elementary teachers’ experiences and perspectives of being well educated. She specializes in the application of Chicana/Latina feminist concept of trenzas/braids as a metaphorical-analytical tool in life history and narrative inquiry approaches. A former elementary teacher in Rochester, New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Quiñones teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy education courses. Since joining Duquesne University in July of 2013, she has worked collaboratively on a mixed methods research study of a supplemental literacy program, a qualitative single case study of an exemplary community school in Eastern Pennsylvania, and a community-engaged mixed methods study of a mindfulness-based professional development program being implemented at multiple educational institutions.


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