MEd in Literacy, Reading Specialist Concentration

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This program is for teachers who are concerned with the development of literacy in our schools. In seeking to establish an effective literacy program, the specialist in reading must be able to diagnose and correct various kinds of reading and writing problems, work cooperatively with school staff specialists as well as basic skills instructors and community resource people, counsel parents of children who have reading/writing problems, give help to and demonstrate for teachers and administrators, and organize and administer a total literacy program. Through course offerings and clinical experiences, the faculty helps prepare graduate students who are certified teachers to work professionally in the highly specialized field of teaching reading and writing to students. Graduates of this program may be certified as reading specialists (Pre-K through twelfth grade) and as teachers of reading (Pre-K through adult). Graduates are also qualified to work with college students and adults who have reading problems.

There are two options in the program. One is for candidates to take a combination of on-campus and online courses. The other option is for candidates to complete course work online, including 20 hours of reading practicum requirements at their respective schools.*

The program is designed to prepare graduate students who are certified teachers to work professionally in the highly specialized field of teaching and writing to P-12 students. Graduates are also qualified to work with college-level students and adults who are experiencing literacy problems. In addition, six credits in the core curriculum count toward meeting requirements for the 12-credit New Jersey Supervisory Certificate.

*A total of 20 clinic hours must be fulfilled before or after school hours with one or two students.

*Candidates, who want to complete the course work exclusively online, must contact the program director before being fully matriculated.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Application Deadline

August 1st: Fall semester
December 1st: Spring semester
May 1st: Summer semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)
December 1st: Summer (May intake)

Contact Us

Professor Michelle Gonzalez
Program Director, Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended. 
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.00.*
  • A copy of a CEAS or standard teaching license.** 

*Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may supplement their application with additional evidence in support of their academic potential for successful completion of the degree program. 
**Program directors have discretion to waive this requirement based on unique circumstances.