Reading Clinic

About the Clinic

The SUNY Oneonta Professional Education Unit endorses the International Reading Association's mission to combat illiteracy. Our graduate literacy education program faculty promote literacy research and instruction by providing high-quality practicum experiences for students who are pursuing graduate studies in the literacy programs and offering assistance to children with reading and writing difficulties.

The Elementary Education and Reading Department's Reading Clinic provides literacy assessment and tutoring services to Oneonta-area students in Grades 2-8. Assessment services include a thorough literacy evaluation of the child’s reading and writing with the goal of determining reading and writing potential and making recommendations for promoting reading and writing achievement. A few weeks after the assessment is completed, a conference is held with the family and with the referring agency, if any. One-on-one tutoring sessions are provided once or twice a week during the fall and spring semesters (approximately 20 sessions). Children can be referred by their schools, by clinicians who previously worked in the Reading Clinic, or by their families. A $25 fee is charged for both the literacy assessment and tutoring per semester.

In addition to providing services to children, the Reading Clinic serves as a repository for the most current and success-oriented materials related to literacy assessment and instructional strategies in literacy education. The clinic maintains a variety of print and non-print assessment, tutorial, and instructional materials, including high-interest books and magazines, reading series, relevant software, and other materials and equipment related to the wide range of abilities in reading and writing.

About the Clinicians

The clinicians-in-training are primarily experienced classroom teachers and all are advanced graduate students enrolled in either EDUC 641: Literacy Coaching and Assessment Practicum (Birth-Grade 6) or EDUC 645: Literacy Coaching Assessment Practicum (Grades 5 - 12). Services are offered in Rooms 103 and 104, Fitzelle Hall on the SUNY Oneonta campus, where the clinic is located, and, when necessary, in local schools as well. The SUNY Oneonta literacy faculty serve as the clinical supervisors.

The clinicians-in-training assess the students to identify their literacy needs, then work with them to overcome their reading and writing difficulties. A Case Study/Literacy Assessment report is shared with each student's regular classroom teacher and other school personnel at the end of the term with a series of instructional recommendations to foster the educational growth for that specific child. Additionally, parent conferences are held at the end of each term.

Available Assessment Materials


  • An Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement by Marie Clay
  • PALS - Phonologic Awareness Literacy Screening by University of Virginia
  • Qualitative Reading Inventory - 4 by Lauren Leslie and JoAnne Caldwell
  • Sand and Stones by Marie Clay
  • TOPA - Test of Phonological Awareness by Joseph K. Torgesen and Brian R. Bryant
  • TPRI - Texas Primary Reading Inventory by Texas Education Agency
  • Yopp Singer Test of Phoneme Segmentation


  • EVT – Expressive Vocabulary Test
  • PPVT - Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test
  • SORT-R - Slosson Oral Reading Test

Contact Us

Department of Elementary Education & Reading
374 Fitzelle Hall
Phone 607-436-3176
Fax 607-436-3664
Kathleen Sherry, secretary

Department of Secondary Education
374 Fitzelle Hall
Phone 607-436-3075
Fax 607-436-3664
Suzanne Brown, secretary

Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education
374 Fitzelle Hall
Phone 607-436-3554
Fax 607-436-3664
Suzanne Brown, secretary

Office of Education Advisement and Field Experiences
273 Fitzelle Hall
Phone 607-436-2538
Fax 607-436-3799
Jennifer Mancke, Secretary

Professional Education Unit
373 Fitzelle Hall
Phone 607-436-2541
Fax 607-436-2554

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