Connecticut Literacy Specialist Program

CLSP

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Campus Location

Oakview Building
101 Oakview Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Contact Department

Tel: 203-371-7808

The Farrington College of Education is proud to offer the 6th Year Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in literacy degree. The CAS in literacy is a 36-credit program preparing prospective literacy professionals to address the needs of rapidly changing populations through dynamic coursework and experiences that integrate research-based theory with practical application. Clinical experiences include authentic opportunities for reading candidates to hone their practice through one-on-one tutoring, mentoring and coaching  teachers in a public school setting, using data-based instruction and designing staff development consistent with the needs of schools.

The CAS in literacy is a two-tiered program yielding state endorsements in reading/language arts: the Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts Specialist (102) and Reading and Language Arts Consultant (097). The Connecticut Literacy Specialist Program (CLSP) candidate has the option to progress from one program to the other in seamless transition or stagger the schedule to accommodate their needs.

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Tier I: Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts Specialist (102). The first 21 credits of the program are applied to the Connecticut Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts Certification (102). Candidates applying for the CLSP must have earned a masters degree, possess a CT teaching certificate and have taken a course in special education. By program completion candidates must be able to demonstrate at least three years of experience in which the position required teacher certification. Candidates are eligible to apply for state certification (102) after successful completion of program requirements and 30 months of successful classroom experience working under a teaching certificate. Classes are scheduled for late afternoon and evenings to accommodate the work schedules of full-time teachers.

Tier II: Reading and Language Arts Consultant (097). The prerequisite for admission to the 097 program is the (102) Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts certificate. Candidates applying for admission must have a teaching certificate, 30 months of full-time teaching experience and have completed all program requirements as stipulated within the (102) plan of study. Candidates are eligible to apply for state certification (097) after serving for 10 months in a position that requires the 102 certificate.

CAS: Literacy Degree
Students can continue beyond Tier I and Tier II to obtain their Certificate of Advance Study in Literacy degree by completing the three-credit terminal requirement.

Program Overview

  • ‌The CLSP degree requires completion of 36 credits, 21 of which can be applied to 102 certification and 12 of which can be applied to 097 certification.
  • Candidates must complete all requirements for the CLSP degree within six years of the date of the completion of the first course.
  • Candidates must have obtained a masters degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Candidates must hold an Educator’s Certificate and have taught for three successful years before applying for 102 certification. 
  • Candidates seeking 097 who have not completed 102 at SHU will be required to submit an admission essay stating their vision.
  • Effective February 1, 2015, any applicant for an endorsement in Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts (endorsement #102) or Reading and Language Arts Consultant (endorsement #097) will be required to pass the Reading Specialist Test.

Latest News

Reading Certification Program Benefits Students and Bridgeport Youth

April 29, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University’s Student Success Center becomes a literacy hub many afternoons when students seeking their reading certification work with youth in SHU’s Horizons program. For eight years, participants in SHU’s reading certification program have been tutoring K-12 students from greater Bridgeport’s public and parochial schools in a clinic known as Book Ends. The tutors are public school teachers looking to become certified remedial reading specialists. They need 60 hours of clinical experience to fulfill program requirements, and the clinic allows them to gain certification while helping Bridgeport youth perfect their reading skills.

50th Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

April 19, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Victoria Sweet, former award-winning historian and associate professor of medicine at the University of California, will deliver the commencement address at Sacred Heart University’s 50th Undergraduate Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree. At the same ceremony, Brad Evans, senior adviser at Morgan Stanley, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, will address those gathered for the the University’s Graduate Commencement on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Theology degree. An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be bestowed on Leo Melamed, chairman emeritus of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group.

College of Education Partners with CES for Special Ed Certification Program

April 18, 2016

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University is partnering with Cooperative Educational Services (CES) and the Bridgeport public school system on an accelerated, 12-month program for certified teachers who want to earn their cross-endorsement in special education. Besides providing additional training for teachers, SHU’s aim for this program is to help fill the need for special education teachers in the state.