Fall 2020 Guidance
In response to COVID-19, university courses and operations remain predominantly online for fall.
Education

Reading Specialist

License-Only, Initial Licensure Program

Use your passion for reading and writing to advance children’s literacy.

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. You’ll work with faculty who will support you as you advance your own inquiry, co-constructing knowledge and applying theory to practice. And through self-reflection, you'll explore ways to come to greater cultural awareness.

Here, you'll get thorough training in the latest literacy strategies, and work with professors on research and policy. Apply your coursework during immersive student teaching opportunities. Emerge confident in your skills and ability to make a vital difference in students' educational experiences.

Get your reading specialist license from New England's premier university for teacher preparation, knowing you have what you need to land the career you're passionate about. Our reading specialist programs have earned a reputation for their outstanding graduates. Many hold leadership roles in the Massachusetts Reading Association and other regional and national literacy organizations. Employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley alumni, 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

27 Credits
Remote Learning for Fall 2020

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff come first. Due to COVID-related campus restrictions in Fall 2020, we are offering the on-campus version of this program remotely, in 15-week face-to-face courses that have been moved online for now. Instruction is both asynchronous and synchronous. Any program courses that were previously fully online will be taught in 8 week terms with asynchronous instruction.

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.

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. 

Start this program in Shrewsbury, MA, on November 2, 2020.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our reading specialist program prepares you to:
$80,357
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2017-2018), 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 the chair of the Language and Literacy, Reading, and TESOL programs. 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 license-only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020–2021 academic year.
Reading Specialist
  • Tuition
    $850/credit x 27
    $22,950
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $200
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Materials Fees
    $80
    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 27
    $17,550
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $200
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $80
    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
    $390/credit x 27
    $10,530
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $200
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $80
    Practicum Fee
    $35
    Assessment Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

These tuition rates and fees are for students who live and work in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Students who do not live or work in Bristol County would pay 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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