- Download the program guide (includes course list and application requirements)
- Contact the program coordinator, Dr. Lesley Morrow
The Ed.M. with Reading Specialist and Supervisor Certification program at the GSE is designed for certified teachers who wish to work as a reading/literacy specialist, coach, basic skills teacher, or supervisor in public and private schools, serving grades K through 12. Students enrolled in the program will develop a broad understanding of literacy issues by taking research-driven core courses, led by expert faculty and involving the development of literacy, the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems, curriculum development, and supervision of literacy and other programs. Upon completion of the program, students will be empowered to initiate programs in K-12 school districts, be a literacy coach, interventionist, basic skills teacher, provide professional development, evaluate curriculum, assessment, and be able to act as a leader in their school or education community.
This program requires a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or Educational Services Certificate for admission, as well as a minimum of 2 years of successful, full-time employment working as a classroom teacher. Two years of classroom teaching experience is also required to be eligible for the Reading Specialist certification upon completion of the program. Three years of classroom teaching experience is needed to be eligible for the Supervisor certification.
Please note: Applicants without the required years experience may still be considered for admission. However, if you have not met the experience requirements for certification by the time you complete the Ed.M. program, the Graduate School of Education will not be able to recommend you for licensure.
For more information about this program:
Feb 1 / Nov 1 / May 15 (late applications will be considered for each semester)
Fall / Spring / Summer
Degree + Certificates
Online: asynchronous, synchronous, and hybrid
What You’ll Learn
Students enrolled in the Ed.M. with Reading Specialist and Supervisor Certification program will develop a broad understanding of the principles of literacy education 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 elective courses engage strategies for literacy instruction and involve a deeper examination of educational administration and supervision, and student learning, cognition, and development. Students exiting the program will possess the ability to plan education programs for children of differing abilities and diverse cultural backgrounds, and 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.
This program typically takes 2 years to complete and includes:
- 33 Graduate Course Credits
- 12 Credits – Required Core Courses
- 9 Credits – Selected Literacy Methods Courses*
- 3 Credits – Children’s Literature Materials for Children and Adolescents Course*
- 6 Credits – Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration Courses
- 3 Credits – Educational Psychology Elective Course*
- Learning Disabilities recommended
- A portfolio project is a required culminating activity for the program. More information about this requirement is available from the program faculty.
- 33 Graduate Course Credits
*Elective courses are selected by the student from a curated list of approved courses that fall within the specified content area. Download the program guide for details.
Accepted students have 5 years to complete the program.
Careers and Outcomes
Students exiting the Ed.M. with Reading Specialist and Supervision Certification program are prepared to pursue leadership positions in public and private K-12 schools and higher education institutions. Roles may include reading or literacy specialist, coach, or basic skills teacher, assistant principal, school district administrator, training manager, curriculum specialist, or education consultant.
In order to be eligible for the GSE to make recommendations to the NJ Department of Education for certification issuance, candidates must meet the following state requirements within a year of completing the program:
- Reading Specialist: must have a standard New Jersey instructional certification with two years of full-time experience as a classroom teacher.
- Supervisor: must have a standard New Jersey instructional or educational services certification with three years of full-time experience under that certification.
- Personal Statement
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- One letter of recommendation must be authored by the applicant’s current or previous school principal or supervisor, preferably on school district letterhead, certifying the completion of two years of successful, full-time employment under a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or Educational Services Certificate.
- Official Undergraduate Transcripts
- Graduate Transcripts (if applicable)
- Photocopy or electronic copy of a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or Educational Services Certificate
How to Apply
- Collect the materials required for admission
- Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
- Submit supporting materials online
- Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
Tuition & Financial Assistance
For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.
While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.
Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:
Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible.
To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.