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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, Master of Education in Reading


Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study
Master of Education
in Reading


Start learning something new today. Start teaching it tomorrow.

As a teacher, you know that education never ends. Learning is a lifelong experience, for those you teach, as well as for yourself. But how do you meet the ever-changing needs of your students while keeping up with the demands of evolving educational technologies, curricula and trends?

In short, how do you advance your teaching techniques while helping your students move forward? Through a Bridgewater State University Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study or Master of Education in Reading. Both programs enable you to enhance your teaching skills while immediately putting into practice what you learn.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Reading

The CAGS in Reading program is designed for educators holding a master's degree who are interested in expanding their knowledge in specialized areas of reading and literacy. A 30-credit-hour curriculum balances content and pedagogical knowledge, focusing on strengthening language and critical thinking skills while expanding programmatic uses of resources and technologies. You will progress through the program with a cohort of fellow professionals, affording countless opportunities to share and learn from each other's experiences.

The CAGS in Reading program complements the credentials of classroom teachers, special educators, speech and language pathologists, administrators, psychologists and private tutors. Graduates are prepared for roles as reading and literacy supervisors, curriculum specialists, resource personnel, program administrators and program consultants. Graduates may also continue their education through the doctoral reading program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Doctoral candidates can negotiate the transfer of 24 CAGS credits toward the 60 credits required to complete the PhD program.

“The experiences and knowledge that I gained while completing my CAGS in Reading at Bridgewater State University prepared me to work across disciplines and in diverse settings. I have a thorough understanding of the literacy needs for schools in the 21st century, because of the knowledge base I acquired through the rigorous, yet collaborative, classes.”

Celeste M. Hoeg, G’07
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Reading
Reading Resource Specialist
Huntington Elementary School, Brockton

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Reading program offers institutional endorsement for Massachusetts licensure as Teacher of Reading, while the Master of Education in Reading offers institutional endorsement for Massachusetts licensure as Reading Specialist. Both meet NCATE accreditation.

Master of Education in Reading

The Master of Education (MEd) in Reading program is built on a 50-year legacy of augmenting the professional development and intellectual growth of practicing educators. The program can prepare you for new roles in education through a challenging, 30-credit-hour curriculum designed to bridge theory and practice, foster values of diversity and advance professionalism and ethical behavior. Focusing on literacy development, assessment and instruction of students with diverse learning and literacy needs, the program includes course work in areas such as Improving Literacy Instruction, Literacy Assessment Principles and Techniques, Research in Literacy Teaching and Learning, and Literacy Curriculum Development and Implementation.

Graduates of the MEd in Reading program serve in a variety of capacities, including early childhood and elementary classroom generalists with a specialty in reading/literacy, middle and secondary reading/literacy and English language arts teachers, reading/literacy specialists or clinicians (all levels), and school or district reading/literacy curriculum leaders.

“The graduate reading program was very challenging, and I felt well prepared to succeed in a reading position after graduation. I have great respect for the graduate reading faculty and their ability to teach students to be the best that they can be.”

Mary Beth Teebagy, G’01
Master of Education in Reading
Reading Resource Specialist
Indian Head School, Hanson

Program Highlights

Both the CAGS and MEd in Reading programs offer:

  • Diverse faculty with extensive teaching experience and ongoing participation in educational research, scholarly publication and professional organizations
  • Compliance with recommendations of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee and the Advisory Group to the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Joint Task Force of the International Reading Association (IRA) Role 7, Reading/Literacy Supervisor and Consultant
  • Accommodating schedules, including Saturday courses during the academic year and two-week intensive courses during the summer
  • Prepractica and practica opportunities, enabling close collaboration with students from other programs within the College of Education and Allied Studies
  • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
  • Benefits of a state institution that has been training teachers for more than 170 years
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state


You’ve thought about it. You believe you can do it. And you’ve explored your options. Now you’re ready to advance your career – through the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University. Take the first step. Apply now. And get ready to transform your life!

Bridgewater State University College of Graduate Studies

Since 1937, the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University has offered an array of graduate degree, licensure and certificate programs to meet the needs of Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond. Led by scholars, researchers, teachers and practitioners from the graduate faculty, our offerings include a variety of nationally accredited master's degree programs in professional studies, education, arts and sciences and business. The College of Graduate Studies ensures high-quality, research-based, stimulating and intellectually challenging educational experiences to those who seek expertise and leadership in their professions and a commitment to lifelong learning and scholarship.

Bridgewater State University remains steadfast in its dual mission to educate citizens to be the best they can be and to use its intellectual, scientific and technological resources to advance the economic and cultural life of the region and beyond.


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Bridgewater, MA 02325
Tel: 508.531.1300

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