The UAS Reading Specialist programs prepare graduates to become reading specialists for children in kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Program candidates will apply reading theory and research, learn new methodologies, and develop collaborative leadership skills. Candidates address the Alaska English/Language Arts standards while recognizing and addressing how individual students may vary in achieving standardized goals. Candidates increase their abilities to teach fluent reading skills and comprehension strategies, assess reading difficulties, and develop student engagement in reading. Candidates gain the skills to work with colleagues and provide leadership in literacy issues to their colleagues and district.
The Reading Specialist programs are completely e-Learning delivered, with the exception of one summer, three-week course conducted in Juneau. All e-Learning courses use computer or audio conference instruction. Coursework is dynamic, interactive and reflective. Assignments often apply concepts directly with classroom practice.