Ed.M. with Certification for Reading Specialist and Supervisor

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Reading Education
  • Supervision
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.M.
  • Hybrid
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Certificate
  • Degree


PLEASE NOTE: The Reading Specialist/Supervisor program is now taking applications for the summer semester.

This program is designed for individuals who wish to receive the Reading Specialist Certification along with a Supervisor’s certificate to work as a reading/literacy specialist, coach, basic skills teacher, or supervisor in public and private schools grades K through 12. In order to be eligible for the Reading Specialist/Supervision certificates, program graduates must have an initial New Jersey teaching certification with two years of full-time experience as a classroom teacher to be eligible for Reading Specialist certification and three years to be eligible for the Supervisor certification.

The program is designed to enable students to initiate new programs, evaluate curriculum, design assessment, engage other teachers in professional development, and be able to act as a leader in the school. These individuals will be able to plan programs for children of differing abilities and diverse cultural backgrounds. These students should also be able to foster 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.

The program requires 33 credits of study. Students will develop a broad understanding of literacy issues by taking core courses on the development of literacy, the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems, curriculum development and supervision of literacy programs. Students will also study theory and research in the field. Additional credits include courses dealing with strategies for literacy instruction, with administration and supervision, and with learning cognition and development.

Please note: In fall 2018, the 33-credit Reading Specialist/Supervisor Ed.M. program replaced the previous 36-credit Reading Specialist Ed.M. program. If you are looking for information on the old 36-credit Reading Specialist Ed.M. program, please contact Dean Matthew Winkler with your questions.


Applications can be completed online. Applications are due by February 1 for fall admission, by November 1 for spring admission, and by May 15 for summer admission.


Program Requirements

The program requires 33 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); educational theory, policy, and administration (6 credits); and learning, cognition, and development (3 credits).

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.