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Reading Specialist graduate program receives national recognition

According to the International Literacy Association, McDaniel College’s Reading Specialist: Literacy Leadership master’s degree program is among the best literacy teacher preparation programs in the United States.

Reading Clinic 2021

Reading Specialist: Literacy Leadership graduate student Sarah Sitton teaches students during the 2021 Reading Clinic.

McDaniel College's Reading Specialist: Literacy Leadership master's degree program has received national recognition by the International Literacy Association (ILA).

ILA badge for Reading Specialist

McDaniel's program is among the latest recipients of ILA's National Recognition program—a seal of approval signifying that the program adheres to the highest quality standards and benchmarks and that graduates are well prepared to address today’s challenges in literacy instruction.

About the new programs added, J. Helen Perkins, ILA Board member and chair of the ILA Commission on National Recognition, said, “We can say without a doubt they are among the best literacy teacher preparation programs in the United States.”

ILA honors outstanding licensure, certificate and endorsement programs that prepare reading/literacy specialists and elementary/intermediate classroom teachers in the United States. Universities go through a rigorous review process that closely examines all course offerings and each aspect of their teacher preparation program, ensuring strict alignment to the standards and high benchmarks set forth in ILA’s Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals.

Lisa Buckler, coordinator of McDaniel's Reading Specialist program, said using ILA’s Standards strengthened the college’s course offerings and resulted in an innovative online program with an authentic practicum experience.

“ILA National Recognition further exemplifies McDaniel College’s tradition of excellence in the preparation of contemporary literacy professionals,” Buckler said.