Certifications and Endorsements

  • The Chester County Intermediate Unit's Reading Specialist Certification program is designed for currently certified teachers to become skilled literacy educators and Reading Specialists. This program is a 21-credit program that fulfills all PDE requirements for application as a Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certification for grades PreK-12. Helping children become deeper readers and writers begins with a strong understanding of language and literacy development.

    The Reading Specialist program builds on the theories of reading and writing to prepare educators in curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Through coursework candidates will have a strong understanding of the science of reading and writing as well as the importance of content literacy for adolescent learners. Candidates will design curriculum, assess students, and implement instruction.

Program Information

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    This quality program is designed specifically to meet the Pennsylvania requirements of the Reading Specialist Certification.

    • Online delivery, 7 courses, 3 credits per course.
    • Three synchronous, virtual meetings per course.
    • 60 Field Experience Hours


    • Virtual sessions will take place via Zoom from approximately 4:30 - 8:30 PM.
    • Field placements may occur within the district in which you are employed. 


    • Each course is completed in 11 weeks.
    • Finish the program in 1.5 years!

Course of Study

  • Theories of Reading and Writing (October 3 - December 19, 2022)

  • Reading and Language Arts I- Phonological and Orthographic Knowledge (January 3 - March 21, 2023)

  • Reading and Language Arts II- Language, Vocabulary, and Comprehension (March 28 - June 13, 2023)

  • Reading and Language Arts III-Spelling and Writing (July 11 - September 26, 2023)

  • Literacy Assessment, Evaluation and Curriculum (October 3 - December 19, 2023

  • Responding to Children's and Young Adult Literature (January 2 - March 19, 2024)

  • Field Experience (April 2 - June 11, 2024)


    • Cost of the CCIU Certification program: $8750

      Neumann University optional graduate credit

      • $150 per course
      • 7 courses
      • 3 credits per course

      Cost of the CCIU Certification program with optional graduate credit: $9800

      * Candidates in the program will be required to purchase required text/workbooks.

Contact Us

  • Diane Thomson, Program Development Coordinator
  • 484-237-5017