Reading Specialization

George Fox University

The reading specialization program is for classroom teachers preparing for specialized work in diagnosing reading difficulties and improving reading instruction in their own classroom, or as a reading specialist in a school at either the early childhood/elementary or at middle level/high school levels.

Students may declare Reading as a specialization within their Master of Education program or complete the specialization courses as an endorsement-only candidate to be recommended for a Reading endorsement on their teaching license.

In addition to the course requirements, including a practicum, the candidate for the reading endorsement must also successfully complete the Praxis Reading Specialist Exam in order to be recommended for licensure. The course work for this specialty has been designed to provide a broad base of understandings about successful reading methods, programs and assessments, but also to prepare the individual to successfully complete the Reading Specialist Exam.

MEd with Reading Specialization Requirements

Core Requirements – (15 hours; must be completed through George Fox)

  • MEDU 543 Ethical Perspectives in Educational Leadership – 3 credit hours
  • MEDU 510 Foundations of Educational Practice – 2 credit hours
  • MEDU 530 Overview of Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methodology – 3 credit hours
  • MEDU 520 Curriculum & Assessment – 3 credit hours
  • MEDU 540 Action Research I – 2 credit hours
  • MEDU 541 Action Research II – 2 credit hours

Reading Specialization (15 hours)

READ 530 History & Foundations of Literacy Learning – 2 credit hours

  • READ 530 History & Foundations of Literacy Learning – 2 credit hours
  • READ 531 Analysis of Reading & Writing Assessment – 2 credit hours
  • READ 532 Advanced Strategies in Literacy Instruction – 2 credit hours
  • READ 534 Issues & Applications of Literacy Instruction – 2 credit hours
  • READ 536 or 537 (Choice based on grade level) - 2 credit hours
  • READ 538 Organization of Reading Programs – 3 credit hours
  • READ 542 Reading Practicum – 2 credit hours

For complete course listings and information, please see the George Fox Graduate Catalog.

Kris Molitor

Program Contact:
Kris Molitor, EdD
Director, Reading Endorsement Program


Kipp Wilfong

Admission Information:
Kipp Wilfong
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 503-554-6027