Reading Specialist Graduate Certificate


Lisa K. Richardson
(907) 796-6435

Admission to the Reading Certificate program requires the same application materials as the M.Ed. in Reading Specialist. If the Reading Specialist Graduate Certificate application is submitted with the M.Ed. application, the $60 application fee will be charged only once.

Application Requirements

  1. Application for admission and $60 non-refundable admission fee.
  2. Copy of a current Alaska teaching or administrative certificate.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation on UAS form.
  4. Official transcript(s) indicating a baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.0.
  5. Please write an essay of three to five pages (1500 words maximum) describing the following topics:

    1. Describe your rationale for applying to a graduate program in (insert program title here) and your professional goals related to this course of study.
    2. What are some of the challenges that face educators in public education today? How might continued study support you in mediating these challenges or supporting possible solutions in your context?
    3. Describe a trend in education and your perception of its effects for learners and systems of education.
    4. Reflecting on your career in education to this point
    5. Describe a success that you experienced and why you considered this experience a success.
    6. Describe a situation that did not result in a positive outcome and what you might have done differently.
  6. Statement of ability to do field experience on UAS form.

Additional information and links to forms at:

Minimum Credit Hours 27
Certificate Requirements
EDRE S671Language, Reading and Culture3
EDRE S674Developing Reading, ECE-123
EDRE S675Reading and Cognition3
EDRE S678Literature and Reading: Supporting Readers at All Levels3
EDRE S679Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDRE S680Reading Instruction and Assessment I6
EDRE S681Reading Instruction and Assessment II3
EDRE S696Reading Teacher As Leader3
Total Credits27

Exit Requirements

  1. GPA of 3.00
  2. Satisfactory completion of all courses