Candidates may select from one of the following three paths of study:
Programs are designed for the working professional and feature the following life-balance considerations:
The Reading and Language Development Program offers coursework that is aligned with standards of both the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).
All degree and certificate offerings prepare individuals who are interested in positively impacting students’ literacy achievement profiles by translating scientific reading research into artful, creative, and engaging teaching practices.
I decided to pursue this opportunity because when I started teaching in the state of CT I learned that there was such a huge achievement gap and I did not know that coming from NY. I’ve been teaching in neighborhoods where children really need explicit reading instruction. I thought that this program was exactly the program to give me the background I needed. If I can bring knowledge to help fill those gaps, the children will be a lot better off.
I’d been thinking about going back to school for a while. So when I heard about Fairfield’s new program I was really excited. I went and met with Margie Gillis to hear about their mission and vision for the program and work with Literacy How to improve reading and close the achievement gap for kids in CT. I just loved everything they had to say. And they also had something different that some of the other programs didn’t have, which is the leadership component that allows students to return to their district and become a literacy coach leader or leader within their district. That was one of the main reasons why I chose this program.