Graduate Certificate in Reading

Become a more effective teacher with specialized skills in reading instruction. Saint Leo’s graduate certificate in reading qualifies you for the State of Florida’s reading endorsement.

Why choose Education at Saint Leo?

With the 18-credit hour Reading certificate program, you will hone your teaching skills through focused study in:

  • Research and instructional approaches to improving 5-9 student reading skills
  • Children's and adolescent literature for use in the K-12 reading program
  • Theories and approaches to the teaching of reading
  • Assessment measures to determine students' literacy levels in elementary and secondary schools
  • Diagnosing, prescribing and implementing reading plans for improvement

Saint Leo has built a solid reputation in the educational community for our quality programs that produce tomorrow's leaders in the classroom. In 2011, Saint Leo’s Education department was named a national finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award. Our instructors are current practitioners in the field of school administration and regular presenters at national and international conferences.

Saint Leo also offers a 36-credit Master of Education with Reading concentration, as well as M.Ed. concentrations in Educational Leadership, Instructional Leadership and Exceptional Student Education.

Flexibility for the working professional

Wherever you are on your journey, Saint Leo will meet you there. The graduate certificate in Reading can be taken as a blended program combining traditional, in-person classes—with a variety of delivery formats, including online options and video conferencing.

Contact your Graduate Admissions Counselor for more information on how a graduate certificate can fit into your busy life.

Professional development opportunities

  • Florida Certification: Earn your State of Florida reading endorsement.
  • Field experience: In a supervised practicum, work with K-12 students in a classroom setting—diagnosing, prescribing, and implementing a reading plan for improvement.
  • 21st century classroom: Discover how to enhance learning with technologies such as iPads, the MimioVote™ assessment system and interactive SMART Boards.
  • Co-curricular activities: Participate in the Future Teachers Association and join Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society for Educators.

Where are Saint Leo Education grads now?

Our students find success as certified teachers, principals and administrators in school districts around Florida and outside of the state, thanks to interstate agreements the Florida Department of Education negotiates. The majority teach in Florida school districts, including Pasco, Hillsborough and Marion.

Saint Leo graduates often assume leadership positions in their schools—as team leaders and department chairs—within three to four years of employment. Graduates consistently receive "Teacher of the Year" and "Administrator of the Year" awards in their districts.

Admission requirements

Take the next step in your career. Apply for Saint Leo's graduate certificate in Reading today.

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