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Bridgewater State University
Maxwell Library, Room 019
10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater, MA 02325
gradadmissions@bridgew.edu
508-531-1300

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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.

A Master of Education in Reading from Bridgewater State University offers:

  • Diverse faculty with extensive teaching experience and ongoing participation in education 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
  • Prepractica and practica opportunities
  • 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

 

 Program Director: Dr. Nancy Witherell & Dr. Mary Shorey

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Resume 
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum GPA - Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8 based upon four years of course work or a 3.0 based on the last 60 credits
  • *GRE Scores - A minimum combined score of 340 (170 for each of the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE) for clear admit and 320 (160 for each of the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE) for conditional admit 
  • Personal Statement - Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals
  • Letters of Recommendation - A rating of 1 ("Highly Recommended") on three letters of recommendation (at least one from a teaching supervisor and one from someone who has knowledge of the applicant's aptitude for advanced scholarship)
  • Possession of a Massachusetts State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education active licensure as a Reading Specialist (Initial or Professional) OR a qualifying score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills (01)
  • One year teaching experience in area of licensure
  • Foundational knowledge in computer technology (Microsoft Word and Office)

*Applicants are eligible for the GRE waiver if they are a current BSU undergraduate senior or recent BSU alumni (five years or fewer) and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. If both of these criteria are met, the GRE requirement will be waived as an admissions requirement for the individual.

Priority Application Deadlines
Fall Semester: April 1
Spring Semester: October 1
Summer Sessions: February 1

 

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Curriculum

Program Requirements

READ 550 - Improving Literacy Instruction
READ 551 - Case Studies in Literacy Acquisition and Development
READ 552 - Literacy Assessment Principles and Techniques
READ 553 - Issues in Literacy Education for Social Justice
READ 554 - Research in Literacy Teaching and Learning
READ 555 - Supervision and Administration of Literacy Programs
READ 556 - Literacy Curriculum Development and Implementation
READ 558 - Practicum Experience I for the Reading Specialist
READ 559 - Practicum Experience II for the Reading Specialist
READ 560 - Literacy Research Seminar

Additional Requirements

  • An oral presentation or exhibit pertaining to a topic in literacy
  • Successful completion of two 200-hour practica
  • Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination
  • A qualifying score on the MTEL Reading Specialist (08)
  • Successful completion of a Literacy Professional's portfolio
  • Successful completion of the Literacy Professional's Library
     

 

 

 

Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews.  For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

The MEd Reading program is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at finaid@bridgew.edu.

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