Education

Reading Specialist

License-Only, Initial Licensure Program

Advance children’s literacy in a variety of vital roles.

If you have a master’s degree and an initial or professional license in early childhood, elementary, or special education, you can take this program to become an accomplished reading specialist at the PreK-12 school or district level. Reading specialists also become literacy coaches, tutors, staff developers, consultants, and more.

Learn ways to expand struggling students' literacy skills in one-on-one, small group, or classroom settings. You'll also explore how to assess students, teach English language learners, and work with families and communities. 

Lesley's reading specialist programs have earned a reputation for their outstanding graduates.

Here, you'll get thorough training in the latest literacy strategies, and work with professors on research and policy. Prepare to be a teacher-leader as you focus on staff professional development. Apply what you're learning through student teaching experience. Finish with the skills and knowledge that will position you for a rewarding career and your students for lifetime success. Employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

Program Structure

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

33 Credits
Small group of students in a classroom setting
On-Campus Option

Take small, face-to-face classes on our Cambridge, Massachusetts campus and gain personalized attention from dedicated literacy faculty who are experienced practitioners.

Student studying in a classroom
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: Randolph, 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’s 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:

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this license-only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Reading Specialist
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 33
    $32,175
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fees
    $240
    Activity Fees
    $150
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $100
    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 33
    $21,450
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fees
    $240
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $100
    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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