Education

Reading Specialist

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

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

Learn to enhance the literacy of PreK–12 students who need regular help in reading and writing. Become effective in working one on one, in small groups, or in classroom settings. You’ll get a foundation in theory, and the skills and training in strategies and approaches that will position you for a successful career. That's because employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

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

Reading specialist. Reading interventionist. Literacy coach. Literacy coordinator. Staff developer. These are a few of the roles you’ll be prepared for when you finish this program. During your studies, you’ll take a variety of literacy and literature courses. Learn how to assess students to provide them with the appropriate instructional approach. Take language and writing courses, and a research course that allows you to dig even deeper into literacy issues. Apply your coursework during student teaching opportunities. You’ll emerge confident in your skills and ability to make a vital difference for students who need your help.

Program Structure

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

36 Credits
graduate students in a literacy class
On-Campus Option

Take intimate, face-to-face classes on our Cambridge campus and receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners. Complete a semester-long student-teaching experience in a Massachusetts school, and graduate after approximately two years.

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Off-Campus Option

Earn your degree studying at an off-campus site one weekend a month, in eight-week semesters, with a small group of fellow students. You'll know your entire program schedule before you begin, and will complete the program in about two years. 

Current available program sites include:

Spring 2019: Mansfield, MA

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our reading specialist program prepares you to:
$78,100
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts, 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 built her expertise as a middle school teacher and building-level reading specialist. 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 (TPACK), a system that helps teachers 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:

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Reading Specialist
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 36
    $35,100
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    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

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

  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 36
    $23,400
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fees
    $280
    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.

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