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Reading Specialist

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS): Initial Licensure

Boost your career and hone your literacy skills.

Get thorough training in strategies for teaching to meet the needs of diverse learners. Study children’s literature and approaches to aid struggling readers and writers. Learn how to transfer your own deep knowledge to school or district staff as a teacher-leader. Research literacy issues and policy in doctoral-level courses. You’ll emerge with the skills and training that will position you for an even more successful career. In fact, employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

At Lesley, our reading specialist programs have earned a reputation for producing outstanding graduates.

This program will position you to move to a higher-level position in your school or district. You’ll become familiar with the latest literacy research, teaching methods, and policy issues. Explore collaborative problem-solving. Take courses in literacy, literature, teaching writing, and the varied roles of the language arts professional. To prepare for your in-depth research, you’ll study quantitative and qualitative research methods. Student teaching experiences cover literacy assessment in theory and practice.

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

45 Credits
Our reading specialist certificate program prepares you to:
Grace Enriquez
Reading & Literacy
Dr. Grace Enriquez
Grace’s work and research focuses on critical literacies and children’s literature for social justice. She was recently awarded two research grants, and her work has been published in national and international journals. Grace is co-author of The Classroom Bookshelf blog, which features reviews of books for children and young adults. The blog is now published nationally through the School Library Journal.
The degree employers are looking for.
Lesley graduates go on to rewarding careers in public and private schools, charter schools, and beyond. That's because our programs are ranked #1 for preparing teachers with the skills Massachusetts employers are seeking, including:


Total approximate cost for this certificate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Reading Specialist
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    $975/credit x 45
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Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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