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Reading Department

Dr. Charles Versacci, an ESU faculty member, founded the ESU Reading Department in 1970. Since that time, the Department has served the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department, the Professional and Secondary Education Department, and the Special Education and Rehabilitation Department.

REED 314 Foundations of Reading for the Developing Child, REED 315 Scaffolding Language and Literacy Development for Students with Disabilities, and REED 350 Teaching Reading to Communities of Diverse Learners are among the undergraduate courses taught. The Reading Department is also home to ESU’s Graduate Reading Program, which includes Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certification and a Master’s Degree in Reading Education.

The Graduate Reading Program – 100% Online

The Master’s Degree in Reading Education is a 36-credit, NCATE-Approved Program.

  • Totally Online
  • Expert Faculty
  • Deep Knowledge of Literacy
  • Foundational, Core, and Elective Courses
  • Pennsylvania REading Specialist Certification
  • Completed in one year or over multiple years

Interested? Contact Dr. Mary Beth Allen (

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