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. Finish with the skills and knowledge that will position you for a rewarding career and your students for lifetime success.

Program Structure

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

18-40 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

Classes are offered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, one weekend a month, one course at a time. You’ll know your entire program schedule before you begin, making planning easier. Designed for busy adults, this program can be completed in about two years.

Outcomes
Our reading specialist program prepares you to:
Teacher teaching in front of the classroom

Student Teaching

Student teaching, a requirement of all initial licensure programs, is an opportunity to apply new skills to an active classroom environment and receive feedback from your supervising teachers and faculty. All placements are in an appropriate Massachusetts school, and are set up through our field placement office.

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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.

Careers
Where Graduates Work
Lesley students go on to rewarding careers in a range of settings throughout Massachusetts and New England, including:

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this license-only program.
Reading Specialist
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 40
    $39,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fee
    $280
    Activity Fee
    $150
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fee
    $120
    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
    $625/credit x 40
    $25,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fee
    $280
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fee
    $120
    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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Total approximate cost for this license-only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017-2018 academic year.
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