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Department of Elem & Early Child Educ

Program: Endorsement Reading Specialist

Graduate Program Director:
Professor Salika Lawrence
1600 Valley Rd., Room 4021

This program is designed for experienced and certified teachers who hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the student is eligible for New Jersey certification as a reading specialist.

Admission to the Program

Program requirements for admission are:

  1. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A standard teaching certificate.
  3. Two years of contractual, supervised classroom teaching.
Program Requirements 30 Credits
ELRL 6010 Theoretical Foundations of Literacy  3
ELRL 6170 Literacy for Children in the Twenty-first Century 3
ELRL 6200 Diagnosis of Reading Problems: Practicum 3
ELRL 6210 Remediation of Reading Problems: Practicum 3
ELRL 6230 Practicum in Teaching Reading 3
ELRL 6240 Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs 3
ELRL 6250 Adolescent and Adult Literacy in the Twenty-first Century 3
ELRL 6330 Socio-Psycholinguistics and Reading 3
Literature Courses 3-6 credits
Choose ONE of the following literature courses  
ELRL 6040 Recent Trends in Children’s Literature 3
ELRL 6050 Advanced Inquiry into Literature for Children and Youth 3
ELRL 6260 Literature for Adolescents 3
Approved Elective Courses 3
Choose ONE of the approved electives below OR another
literature course above (i.e., ELRL 6040, ELRL 6050,
ELRL 6260)
CIEC 6180 Language Development and Emergent Literacy 3
CIEE 6040 Writing in the Elementary School 3
ELRL 6220 Educating the Adult: Basic Reading 3
ELRL 6340 Teaching Critical Reading in the Content Areas 3
SOC 6300 Ethnic and Racial Experiences 3
ELRL 6310 Written Expression with Technology 3
SPC 5550 Educational Foundations in a Diverse Society 3

Other courses may be selected in consultation with the program advisor.


William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470