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Reading Specialist

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Initial Licensure

Prepare for a variety of vital roles in advancing children’s literacy and love of learning.

Reading specialist. Reading interventionist. Literacy coach. Literacy coordinator. Staff developer. These are a few of the roles you’ll be prepared to take on when you complete this program. You'll learn to enhance the literacy of PreK–12 students who need regular help in reading and writing, working one on one, in small groups, or in classroom settings.

During your studies, you’ll take literacy and literature courses. You'll learn to choose, administer, and analyze results from a range of assessment tools and use data to guide planning for effective instruction. A research course allows you to dig even deeper into literacy issues. With faculty and fellow students, you'll co-construct new knowledge and engage in the kind of self-reflection that leads to greater cultural awareness.

Apply your coursework during immersive student teaching opportunities, connecting theory to practice. Emerge with a renewed sense of purpose, confident in your skills and ability to make a vital difference in students' educational experiences.

Our specialist teacher of reading programs have earned a reputation for producing outstanding graduates. You’ll graduate from New England's premier university for teacher preparation knowing you have the degree you need to land the career you're passionate about. That's because employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one.

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Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus or off-campus program

36 Credits
On-Campus Graduate Education Programs

Our on-campus programs are offered in a combination of face-to-face, remote synchronous via Zoom, or asynchronous online courses. Whatever the delivery mode, you'll get the same careful attention and support from our dedicated faculty and staff.

Please contact luadmissions@lesley.edu if you have any questions.

Off-Campus Option for Spring

In our off-campus programs, you'll study with the same cohort of students one weekend a month in eight-week semesters, and earn your degree in about two years. You’ll know your program schedule before you begin, making planning easier. And due to pandemic circumstances, our off-campus programs, usually held at in-person sites, have shifted to remote synchronous. This means you can join via Zoom from wherever you are. Classes will be at specified times (synchronous), so you must attend virtual classes during the scheduled class time.

A new cohort for this program will start in Spring of 2023.

617.349.8300
luadmissions@lesley.edu

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our reading specialist program prepares you to:
$82,042
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2019), according to the National Education Association.
#1
Superintendents and other hiring managers across Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, reporting that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. (Source: Radius Global Market Research)
Top Schools
Massachusetts ranks as the best state to be a teacher, with some of the highest performing schools and best salaries in the country, according to US News.
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Reading & Literacy
Dr. Valerie Harlow Shinas
Valerie is a faculty member in the Language and Literacy Department. Her career in higher education was preceded by her work as a middle school teacher and building-level reading specialist. She is enthusiastic about supporting literacy teachers. Her research centers on how digital tools are used to support literacy and learning. Valerie has published and presented extensively on literacy instruction and Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge, a system to help identify what’s needed for teachers to integrate technology into their teaching.
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:
Important Licensure Information

All Lesley University educator licensure programs comply with current Massachusetts educational requirements, as specified. In addition, Massachusetts participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, which makes it possible for an educator to have their Massachusetts license/s recognized across the United States. Depending on your professional goals, where you reside or plan to teach, and the licensure structures that exist within that state, there are diverse pathways to licensure that may be relevant. In accordance with Lesley University’s institutional participation in SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and with federal regulations, Lesley University strongly encourages prospective applicants who intend to pursue licensure in a state other than Massachusetts review the Lesley University Licensure and Credentialing page for more information.

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Reading Specialist
  • Tuition
    $850/credit x 36
    $30,600
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $280
    Activity Fees
    $150
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $110
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
    Assessment Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 36
    $23,400
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $240
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $110
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
    Assessment Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

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

  • Tuition
    $487.50/credit x 36
    $17,550
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $240
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $110
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
    Assessment Fee (Reading Course)
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Because of our commitment to offering affordable and accessible educational opportunities in Bristol County through our New Bedford location, if you live or work in Bristol County, Massachusetts you are eligible for a reduced tuition rate in select academic programs. Students who are enrolled in eligible graduate programs will receive a 25% scholarship discount off our regular off-campus tuition rate.  

Students who do not live or work in Bristol County who wish to take courses through our New Bedford location will be assessed the regular off-campus tuition rate of $650/credit.

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

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

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