Ed.M. with Certification for Reading Specialist

Program Details


Attention: The 36-credit Reading Specialist Ed.M. program is no longer accepting applications.

The 36-credit Reading Specialist program has changed to the 33-credit Reading Specialist and Supervisor program, effective fall 2018. Any new admissions starting fall 2018 or later should consult the Reading Specialist and Supervisor program requirements.

Current students enrolled in the Reading Specialist program who began before fall 2018: please note that these program requirements do NOT meet the Supervisor certification requirements. If you began the Reading Specialist program before fall 2018 and are interested in pursuing Supervisor certification, please see the Supervisor endorsement program. Please contact Dean Matthew Winkler if you have any questions.

The Ed.M. program for Reading Specialist certification is designed for individuals who wish to receive the Reading Specialist certification to work as a reading/literacy specialist in public and private schools grades K through 12. Individuals applying to the program must already have an initial teaching certification. Upon completion of the program, students will receive their Ed.M. degree. Two years of full time experience as a classroom teacher are required in order to obtain state certification.

The program is designed to enable teachers to plan programs appropriate for children of differing abilities and diverse cultural backgrounds based on research and theory. In addition, the program fosters a vision of literacy learning as an active social process in which students become engaged readers with strategies for independent reading and the motivation to read for pleasure and for information.

Program goals:

  1. To expand and deepen understanding of how individuals and groups develop literacy practices, skills, and knowledge
  2. To improve professional practice
  3. To develop knowledge of current research and theory related to literacy instruction through analysis and synthesis of seminal work in the field
  4. To develop a plan for future learning and professional development


This program is no longer accepting applications. Please see the Reading Specialist and Supervisor program.

Program Requirements

The program requires 36 credits of study. Students develop a broad understanding of literacy and related issues through coursework in a core curriculum (12 credits); literacy methods (9 credits); materials for children and adolescents (3 credits); administration and supervision and learning, cognition, and development (6 credits); and electives from outside the program (3 credits). In addition, students take a comprehensive exam or an alternative project to complete the program.

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

A complete listing of degree requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Lesley M. Morrow.