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First cohort completes master's program in reading and reading specialist certificate program
05-22-13

Graduates were honored at event on May 14.
Graduates were honored at event on May 14.

The Graduate Admission Department and the Teacher Education Graduate Program at Misericordia University recently acknowledged the academic accomplishments of the first cohort of teachers that completed the Master of Science degree in education with a specialization in reading and the reading specialist certificate program during a ceremony in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.

The Teacher Education Graduate Program at Misericordia University introduced the reading specialist certificate program and the Master of Science degree in education with a specialization in reading to meet the growing demand for specially trained educators in 2011. In recent years, elementary and secondary educational professionals have been emphasizing the need for teachers to have a stronger background in the teaching of reading.

Wyoming Valley West teachers who completed the Master of Science degree program included Leigh Ann Davis, Forty Fort, Pa.; Brenda Glynn, Mountain Top, Pa.; Daniel Modrow, Larksville, Pa.; Kevin Moran, Harveys Lake, Pa.; Wendy Novicki, Luzerne, Pa.; Jessica Saxton, Forty Fort, Pa.; Heather Shultz, Kingston, Pa.; William Stone, Larksville, Pa.; Beverly Thomas, Swoyersville, Pa.; Rebecca Wesley, Courtdale, Pa., and Barbara Zekas, Sweet Valley, Pa. Tricia McCabe, Kingston, Pa., and Lara McAndrew, Shavertown, Pa., completed the reading specialist certificate program.

The Teacher Education Department at Misericordia University used a collaborative approach in designing the curriculum for the new reading programs. By utilizing the expertise of today’s educators in higher education, as well as those in private and public schools, Misericordia developed an effective program for professional educators based upon current proven practices that can improve the quality of education in both private and public school systems.

Misericordia University collaborated with the Dallas and Wyoming Valley West school districts to develop both programs. MU also developed a convenient cohort agreement with Wyoming Valley West, which enables educators to take classes at district facilities.

The instructional reading specialist certificate requires 24-credit hours consisting of eight courses and the successful completion of the PRAXIS exam. The Master of Science in education with a specialization in reading necessitates an additional 12 credits in courses such as reading leadership and professional contribution. The courses are each made available through a 7½-week schedule in which students meet twice per week for 2½ hours.

Misericordia University also offers two other Master of Science degree programs in education specializations: Instructional technology and special education. The graduate programs have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. For more information about the Teacher Education Department or the Teacher Education Graduate Program at Misericordia University, please log on to www.misericordia.edu or call (570) 674-6400.

 

 

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Misericordia University recently acknowledged the academic accomplishments of the first cohort of teachers that completed the MS degree in education with a specialization in reading and the reading specialist certificate program. Participating in the program, seated from left, are Dr. Paul Reinert, Dr. Stephen Broskoske, Charles Suppon, Dr. Patricia Burns and Tricia McCabe; second row, Dr. Joseph Grilli, Leigh Ann Davis, Kevin Moran, Bill Stone, Barbara Zekas, Wendy Novicki, Caitlin Cooper, Jessica Saxton, Brenda Glynn and Dr. Fred Croop; third row, David Pasquini, Christine Stevens Slacktish, Beverly Thomas, Dan Modrow, Becky Wesley and Amy Williams.