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The Graduate Certificate in Reading--Reading Specialist Program prepares 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 attend to the Alaska Content Standards and federal mandates 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. They also share practical insights and current research with colleagues, including paraprofessionals.

Candidates who complete the required courses for the Graduate Certificate in Reading--Reading Specialist may request an institutional recommendation and apply to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development for a reading specialist endorsement to their current certificate.

The Graduate Certificate in Reading--Reading Specialist program is completely e-Learning delivered, with the exception of one summer, three-week course.  All e-Learning courses use computer or audio-conference instruction.

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Graduate Certificate
Reading Specialist

Education Graduate certificates provide candidates with eligibility endorsements to an Alaska teaching certificate. All course work must be completed within a seven-year period immediately preceding the date the graduate certificate is granted. Graduate certificates are granted by the University of Alaska Southeast; UAS provides the institutional recommendation to the student to submit to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development for endorsement.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view the Gainful Employment Disclosure form or website.

Admissions Requirements

For application requirements please visit the School of Education website.

Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Application Requirements

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.

Minimum Credit Hours24
EDRES671Language, Culture & Literacy3
EDRES674Developing Reading, ECE-123
EDRES675Reading and Cognition3
EDRES676Reading Instruction & Assessment I3
EDRES677Reading Instruction & Assessment II3
EDRES678Literature & Reading: Supporting Readers at all Levels3
EDRES679Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDRES696Teacher as Leader3
Exit Requirements
  1. GPA of 3.00
  2. Satisfactory completion of all courses

Application Process

The deadline for applications is April 30th. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. The following items are necessary for a complete application:

  1. A completed graduate application and $60 processing fee.
  2. Official academic transcript indicating a baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.0.
    • Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are NOT REQUIRED to be submitted.
  3. Two letters of recommendation (on the SOE recommendation form)
  4. Writing assessment
    A 2-3 page typewritten, double-spaced formal paper containing a summary of your educational experiences, a description of professional goals related to what is needed to teach Alaska's students and those beyond and a statement of how the program might help in attaining those goals. This statement will be judged in terms of readability and style as well as compatibility of the student's objectives, expectations and goals of the program.
  5. Statement of ability to do field experience (pdf)
  6. A copy of current teaching or administrative certificate.

Send all of these items to:

University of Alaska Southeast
Attention: Admissions
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801

907-796-6100 (phone)


All education programs through the School of Education at University of Alaska Southeast are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, a performance-based teacher accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education recognized by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


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