Reading Specialist


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Perhaps no academic skill is as crucial as reading. Reading specialists work with students through “learning to read programs,” insuring that they will be prepared for future classroom exercises that require “reading to learn.”

The reading concentration arms educators with the skills needed to implement effective reading programs, assess and correct reading disabilities and utilize innovative methods and materials to promote literacy in schools and communities.

The program requires a supervision and literacy coach practicum, requiring students to support the instructional and supervisory roles of a reading specialist in a school-based setting. During the final semester, candidates must also submit a comprehensive portfolio.

Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements:

To be admitted into the Curriculum and Instruction program at Nicholls, applicants should possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.50 on the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework attempted.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Interview with program emphasis area faculty.
  • A valid permanent-type teacher’s certificate.
  • 18-24 hours in professional education as appropriate for the level selected.

Job Opportunities:

  • Literacy Coach/ Consultant – assist teachers with reading programs in educational settings
  • Reading Interventionist – implement reading programs for children with delayed reading skills within educational settings

Reading Specialist curriculum guide (PDF)

Program Coordinator:

Fran Crochet Headshot 2014 (Photo by MIsty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 3/18/14
Dr. Fran Crochet
Associate Professor of Education
236 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4336




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