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Sixth-Year Certificate, Reading and Language Arts

 

Program Rationale:
The Sixth-Year Certificate in Reading and Language Arts program leads to the award of the professional certificate. This program may include course work required for endorsement as a Reading and Language Arts Consultant in the State of Connecticut. The certification-track program is designed to provide opportunities for the candidate to examine reading and language arts from a perspective beyond classroom teaching. The candidate’s planned program of graduate study is developed by the candidate and the program advisor. Course requirements will be based on the candidate’s needs in terms of fulfilling professional and personal goals. Related areas of study may be developed in disciplines such as Elementary Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, Mathematics, and Special Education. A minimum of 15 credits of 600-level courses is required in both the certification track and the non-certification track programs for the certificate.

 

Program Learning Outcomes:

The Sixth-Year Certificate in Reading and Language Arts program expands on CCSU’s master of science degree program in reading and language arts and is based on the IRA/NCTE standards for reading professionals. In order to prepare knowledgeable and competent literacy professionals and/or literacy coaches, students in the program are expected to:

• meet the IRA standards for reading professionals and/or the Connecticut state standards for advanced certifications in reading and language arts;

• provide leadership through modeling and mentoring to ensure that classroom teachers and other support staff acquire a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to facilitate their reading and writing instruction;

• be knowledgeable of various assessments appropriate for a wide range of diversity in the classroom, including technologically based assessments, and able to mentor and support classroom teachers and other professionals

in the selection, administration, and interpretation of assessments to enhance student learning and to communicate results to education stakeholders;

• support and mentor classroom teachers and other professionals in creating a literate environment to facilitate successful reading and writing for all children; and

• continue to be lifelong learners and scholars, through reading, research, and professional development, and leaders in planning and implementing professional development programs for teachers and other professionals, as well as in advocating to advance the professional research base to expand knowledge-based practices.

 

Admission Requirements:

To apply to the Department of Reading and Language Arts Master of Science degree or Sixth-Year Certificate program, a candidate must submit an application for graduate admission, official  transcripts from each college and university attended (except Central Connecticut State University), and the application fee directly to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office. Additional admission requirements for the Master of Science degree program in Reading and Language Arts are explained in the admissions packet which can be downloaded from the department website at www.reading.ccsu.edu/Applications/ Program_Applications.htm. Admission requirements include (1) letters of recommendation, (2) application essay, (3) department interview, (4) teaching certification and experience qualifications, and (5) basic computer literacy. A Connecticut teaching certification and a special education course are required for candidates seeking endorsement as remedial reading and language arts teachers or reading and language arts consultants.

Candidates seeking endorsement as a Reading and Language Arts Consultant in the State of Connecticut must apply to the School of Graduate Studies and the Department of Reading and Language Arts for admission to the Advanced Official Certificate Program. In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Reading and Language Arts program, the candidate must have completed a Master of Science degree in Reading and Language Arts.

 

Course and Capstone Requirements: Reading/Language Arts Consultant Certification Track

The candidate’s planned program of study totals a minimum of 30 credits and must include the following:

RDG 588 Teaching Children’s Literature
RDG 692 Specialized Diagnosis and Remedial Techniques
RDG 694 Organization, Administration, and Supervision of Reading & Language Arts Programs
RDG 696 Practicum for Reading and Language Arts Consultants
RDG 697 Practicum for Reading and Language Arts Consultants II
RDG 698 Research Seminar Required prerequisites:
RDG 503 Developmental Reading in PK–12
RDG 585 Reading in Content Area
RDG 589 Creative Language Arts
RDG 594 Diagnosis of Reading and Language Arts Difficulties
RDG 595 Remedial and Corrective Techniques in Reading & Language Arts
RDG 596 Clinical Practices in Reading & Language Arts

A candidate may need to complete additional coursework for his/her planned program of study and therefore may exceed the minimum of 30 credits.

 

Sixth-Year Certification in Reading and Language Arts Non-Certification Track

Research (3 credits):

RDG 698 Research Seminar

Related Area of Study (6 credits)

Area of Specialization (15–18 credits)

Electives (3–6 credits)

Required prerequisites:

RDG 503 Developmental Reading in PK–12
RDG 585 Reading in Content Area
RDG 589 Creative Language Arts


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