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  • Master of Education in Reading

    The Master of Education in Reading program at Worcester State University provides you with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience you need to qualify for initial licensure as a reading specialist in Massachusetts.

    Depending on your qualifications, we offer 3 programs of study:

    • M.Ed.-Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education: Concentration in Literacy Leading to Reading Specialist Licensure (Option 1)
    • Reading Specialist Licensure: Master of Education (Option 2)
    • Non-Degree/Reading Specialist Licensure (Option 3)

    In classes taught by our accomplished faculty, you’ll build knowledge and competence in language development, reading theory and instruction, and meeting the needs of all learners. You’ll translate theory into practice through hands-on practicum experiences. Your studies culminate in a literacy research project and an electronic portfolio of work that not only demonstrates your successful completion of all program competencies, but also helps you to advance your career.
     
    In addition, you’ll have opportunities to collaborate with faculty on literacy research and to join the International Reading Association’s Alpha Upsilon Alpha honor society; in fact, WSU’s Beta Mu chapter is one of only two in Massachusetts—and it’s the only graduate-level honor society on campus.
     
    Graduates of our renowned program are qualified to work as reading specialists, literacy coaches, and literacy/English language arts directors. Although many pursue these specific careers, others remain classroom teachers, enhancing their instruction with their reading specialist background.

  • Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the WSU Graduate School’s general application requirements, applicants to this program must have:

    • A teaching license at the initial or professional level
    • Completion of a foundation course in reading, taken as an undergraduate or graduate, or significant experience in teaching reading
    • Completion of a course in human, child, or adolescent development at the undergraduate or graduate level

    For applicants who obtained licensure prior to the MTEL requirement, a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Test is required.

    Option 1

    M.Ed.-Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education: Concentration in Literacy Leading to Reading Specialist Licensure

    The Master of Education-Elementary/Early Childhood Education with a Reading Specialist License Track program at Worcester State University is a 2½-year, cohort program designed for early childhood and elementary teachers interested in pursuing a professional license in early childhood or elementary education in Massachusetts as well as an initial license in reading. This M.Ed. cohort program is designed for individuals who do not have a M.Ed., but who have an initial or professional license in elementary education or early childhood education, and who are seeking initial licensure as a reading specialist.

    The program is designed to offer many levels of support for working professionals, including a mainly blended and online format, a cohort of colleagues, experienced professors, and a predictable schedule. To complete the program, students must complete a 40-43 credit program, which includes 27-30 credits in specialized reading courses. Students must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL and complete a 150-hour practicum or practicum equivalent. (Candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL before registering for ED919 Reading Practicum.)

    The program consists of the following courses:

    Philosophy and Research Requirements( 9 credits)

    • ED 981 Advanced Foundations of Education (3 credits)
    • ED 982 Research in Education (3 credits)
    • ED 993 Seminar: Research in the Content Concentration (3 credits)

    Reading Content Courses (27 credits)  

    • Technology and Literacy in the Classroom (3 credits)
    • ED 911 Advanced Foundations of Literacy (3 credits)
    • ED 914 Teaching & Learning Literacy Across Multiple Disciplines (3 credits)
    • ED 917 Analysis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties in the Middle or Upper Grades (3 credits)
    • ER 903 Teaching Writing or Approved Reading/Writing Elective (3 credits)
    • EE 915 Detection and Remediation of Early Reading Difficulties Diagnosis (3 credits)
    • ED 915 Leadership in Literacy: Consultation, Administration, and Supervision (3 credits)
    • Teaching Culturally Linguistic Diverse Learners (3 credits)

    Reading Elective Course (3 credits)
    Graduate reading/writing courses or ED 970/971 special literacy topic courses
    (All electives must be pre-approved by the program coordinator.)

    Practicum or Practicum Equivalent (3-6 credits)

    • ED 919 Reading Practicum/Practicum Equivalent (3-6 credits)

    Capstone Course

    • ED 992 Portfolio Evaluation (1 credit)
    Total credits: 40-43 credits
    Option 2
    Reading Specialist Licensure: Master of Education
     

    This Master of Education program is designed for persons who do not have a M.Ed., but who have an Initial license in a field other than elementary education or early childhood education, or a professional license and who are seeking Initial licensure as a reading specialist. To complete the program, candidates must complete a 40-43 credit program, which includes 27-30 credits in specialized reading courses. Candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL and complete a 150-hour practicum or practicum equivalent. (Candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL before registering for ED 919 Reading Practicum.)

    The program consists of the following courses:

    Philosophy and Research Requirements (9 credits)

    • ED 981 Advanced Foundations of Education (3 credits)
    • ED 982 Research in Education (3 credits)
    • ED 993 Seminar: Research in the Content Concentration (3 credits)

    Reading Content Courses (27 credits)

    • Technology and Literacy in the Classroom (3 credits)
    • ED 911 Advanced Foundations of Literacy (3 credits)
    • ED 914 Teaching & Learning Literacy Across Multiple Disciplines (3 credits)
    • ED 917 Analysis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties in the Middle or Upper Grades (3 credits)
    • ER 903 Teaching Writing or Approved Reading/Writing Elective (3 credits)
    • EE 915 Detection and Remediation of Early Reading Difficulties Diagnosis (3 credits)
    • ED 915 Leadership in Literacy: Consultation, Administration, and Supervision (3 credits)
    • Teaching Culturally Linguistic Diverse Learners (3 credits)

    Reading Elective Course (3 credits)
    Graduate reading/writing courses or ED 970/971 special literacy topic courses
    (All electives must be pre-approved by the program coordinator.)

    Practicum or Practicum Equivalent (3-6 credits)

    • ED 919 Reading Practicum/Practicum Equivalent (3-6 credits)

    Capstone Course

    • ED 992 Portfolio Evaluation (1 credit)
    Total credits: 40-43 credits
    Option 3
    Non-Degree/Reading Specialist Licensure Program
     

    The following program is designed for individuals who have a minimum of an initial teaching license in another field and are seeking Initial licensure as a reading specialist. This is a graduate-level, non-degree program.

    Students meet with the coordinator of the graduate reading program to set goals for their program and have the option to waive up to 2 courses already taken as a part of their M.Ed. program (the program must include a minimum of 22 credits). In conjunction with the coordinator, each candidate then selects appropriate electives to meet requirements for initial licensure for reading specialist. Candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL and complete a 150-hour practicum or practicum-equivalent. (Candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL before registering for ED 919 Reading Practicum.)

    The program consists of the following courses:

    Reading Content Courses (24 credits)

    • Teaching Culturally Linguistic Diverse Learners (3 credits)
    • Technology and Literacy in the Classroom (3 credits)
    • ED 911 Advanced Foundations of Literacy (3 credits)
    • ED 914 Teaching and Learning Literacy Across Multiple Disciplines (3 credits)
    • EE 915 Detection and Remediation of Early Reading Difficulties Diagnosis (3 credits)
    • ED 917 Analysis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties in the Middle or Upper Grades (3 credits)
    • ER 903 Teaching Writing or Approved Reading/Writing Elective (3 credits)
    • ED 915 Leadership in Literacy: Consultation, Administration, and Supervision (3 credits)
    Practicum or Practicum Equivalent (3-6 credits)
    • ED 919 Reading Practicum/Practicum Equivalent (3-6 credits)
    Capstone Course
    • ED 984 Reading Portfolio (1 credit)
    Total credits: 28-31credits
  • CONTACT US

    Margaret Pray Bouchard
    Program Coordinator
    Sullivan Academic Center
    Office S-227E
    508-929-8840
    mbouchard@worcester.edu