Concord Offers New “Content Specialization” in Reading for Teachers

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 14 2005

Concord Offers New “Content Specialization” in Reading for Teachers

Athens, W.Va. – Concord University Vice President and Academic Dean, Dr. Dean Turner, announced the approval by the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and the W.Va. Board of Education of a master’s-level reading specialization program. This program is designed specifically for licensed or license-eligible teachers and is open to teachers with a certification at the elementary, middle or secondary level. The Master of Education Program with Reading Specialist in Pre-K through Adult is a 36-hour program.

“The W.Va. legislature, in SB653, authorized Concord to offer graduate programs, and we are stepping up to the plate with this program for our teachers. Graduate programs in other academic areas are currently in development,” stated Dr. Turner.

Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Kathryn Liptak, said that, “This program includes 12 hours of a professional education core that all students take in common and 24 hours of reading content-related coursework, which includes a six hour practicum targeting struggling readers. Successful completion of this program and the reading specialist PRAXIS II exam [a test that teachers must take prior to certification] will result in licsensure as a ‘Reading Specialist Pre-k through Adult.’ This program is addressing a shortage for reading specialists in W.Va.”

Classes in this content specialization will be available beginning with the summer 2005 semester. The schedule is available on the University’s web site,, click on “Current Students” then “Schedules.”

Cost per credit hour is $216 for in-state students and $379 for out-of-state students. A special reduced “clinical fee” of $195 per credit hour is available for any teacher currently employed in Bland, Tazewell, or Giles County in Virginia and in Mercer, McDowell, Wyoming, Fayette, Raleigh, Monroe, Summers and Greenbrier counties in W.Va.

For more information, contact Dr. Liptak at 1-304-384-5155, or Ms. Patty Harris at 1-304-384-6038.


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