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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 9 semester hours for Teacher Training Level or a minimum of 27 semester hours for Teacher Leader Training Level

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: April 30

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a short-term, early literacy intervention, designed to prevent failure for children who are at risk from failing to learn to read and write in the first grade.

It is a scientifically-based, evidence-proven reading research program that teaches all the essential elements of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and motivation to read.

Reading Recovery enables the lowest-achieving learners to make accelerated progress, catch up with grade-level peers and profit from regular classroom reading instruction.

Program Highlights

The Benefits

  • Provides intensive and comprehensive instruction responsive to student needs.
  • Provides a system-wide, short term, highly rated, early intervention.
  • Provides an effective Response to Intervention (RtI) approach.
  • Provides accelerated progress for at-risk students.
  • Provides exceptional professional learning that improves teacher quality and performance.
  • Provides increased student outcomes.
    Provides benefits for the whole school.

We offer two levels of training: Teacher Training and Teacher Leader Training

The program for training in Reading Recovery prepares teachers to observe, assess and address reading problems in children in the first grade, using assessment, observation and early intervention/prevention and teaching procedures developed by Dr. Marie Clay.

To learn more about our training levels, read about the Comprehensive Intervention Model.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

Contact the program director, Sue Duncan, Ph.D. at 404-413-8024 or [email protected] before applying. Applicants must be employed in an approved position in a partnering school system.

When applying to Reading Recovery (special cohorts only), submit the following:

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Proof that you meet certification requirements in Georgia
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA or a master’s degree required for admission consideration
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Supporting materials and documents as determined by the Reading Recovery Program. Since this is a “special cohorts” program, your partnering school system and the Reading Recovery team will provide you with a list of required materials and documents.

Program of Study

Teacher Training Level

Required Fall Term (6):

ECE 7360 Reading Recovery Clinical for Teachers I (3)
ECE 7370 Reading Recovery Clinical for Teachers II (3)

Required Spring Term (3):

ECE 7380 Reading Recovery Clinical for Teachers III (3)

Teacher Leader Training Level

Required Fall Term (12):

ECE 8300 Reading Recovery I (3)
ECE 8360 Reading Recovery for Leaders (3)
ECE 8370 Reading Recovery Clinical for Leaders II (3)
ECE 8700 Reading Recovery Supervision (3)

Required Spring Term (15):

ECE 8310 Reading Recovery Theory II (3)
ECE 8320 Reading Recovery Theory III (3)
ECE 8380 Reading Recovery Clinical for Leaders III (3)
ECE 8390 Reading Recovery Clinical for Leaders IV (3)
ECE 8700 Reading Recovery Supervision (3)

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator

Our calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.

The Georgia State University Reading Recovery Program meets the requirements established by Professor Marie M. Clay, the faculty of The Ohio State University College of Education and the Reading Recovery Council of North America (RRCNA). It has been granted a royalty-free license to use the name “Reading Recovery” in conjunction with the program.

Our Reading Recovery program is part of larger literacy projects. For more information about the programs involved, visit the Paths to Literacy Initiatives webpage.



The partnership between university and schools allows for intensive training for new teachers and teacher leaders. Teachers adding Reading Recovery to their list of endorsements and certificates enables them to further their careers in early childhood and elementary school settings.


Journey Swafford
[email protected]

Regional Reading Recovery Training Center
PO Box 3978
Atlanta, GA 30302-3978
Phone: 404-413-8024
Fax: 404-413-8028
Email: [email protected]

Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 550
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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