Program Outcomes

The Literacy/Reading Specialist Program produces candidates who are:
  1. Qualified to teach literacy/reading as a specialist;
  2. Competent in pedagogy;
  3. Caring professionals;
  4. Technologically proficient;
  5. Culturally responsive to the needs of diverse learners;
  6. Reflective practitioners who embrace the concept of lifelong learning;
  7. Prepared to obtain the Reading/Literacy Specialist endorsement from the New Jersey Department of Education.
Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of the program Literacy/Reading Specialist candidate will:
  1. Explain and apply the components of a balanced literacy classroom including the following:  shared reading, guided reading, flexible guided reading groups, think alouds, read alouds, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary instruction, and comprehension;
  2. Integrate writing as a strategy for learning into the balanced literacy paradigm;
  3. Have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to coach other teachers in an effort to improve reading ability;
  4. Create and facilitate interdisciplinary units of study with a multicultural focus as they utilize authentic resources such as trade books, contemporary media, and technology in order to facilitate meaningful learning in K-12 classrooms;
  5. Apply those concepts and skills in their own classrooms in order to conduct “Action Research” which corroborates contemporary research in the field of literacy;
  6. Use multiple types of assessments and use that data to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students;
  7. Promote cultural acceptance in the classroom by using award- winning, multicultural literature for reading instruction.