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College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Literacy: Reading Specialist Candidates Tutor Diverse Learners

At the graduate level, more than 100 students per year in the Literacy Program are involved in preparation to become reading specialists in diverse schools. One aspect of this program is an intensive 6-credit practicum experience working with children and adolescents in local schools. Several full- and part- time literacy program faculty members have been instrumental in organizing this practicum over the past few years in collaboration with local school divisions. Children from diverse families with special needs in literacy are provided free instruction from licensed teachers who are preparing to become reading specialists. Program faculty supervise the tutoring on site over the course of a spring or summer term.