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Reading, MEd

The Master of Education (MEd) in Reading Program (Reading Specialist K-12) 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
  • Hybrid courses and cohorts available
  • 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
  • GRE not required

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Program Chair: Adam Brieske-Ulenski, Ed.D. |

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Student Testimonial:

"Prior to this program, I did not know all of the different aspects of the job of a literacy specialist. Through this program, I think that I gained deeper foundational knowledge of theories regarding literacy and education in general, which I can apply to teaching in no matter what setting. I also gained a plethora of resources that I can use in my classroom and in future jobs."

"I will be able to expand my license and that will open more doors for me professionally. I will be a better teacher because I can teach reading, which is in every grade and content area."

Admissions Requirements for the MEd in Reading

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Resume 
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • 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
  • Personal Statement - Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in Reading 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 license OR a qualifying score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills (01)

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall and Spring enrollment only.
Applications that are not completed prior to the start of the semester will need to be moved to the next applicable semester.

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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

The learning outcomes for graduate students in this program are the following from the International Literacy Association's standards for reading professionals 2017:

STANDARD 1: FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE Candidates demonstrate knowledge of major theoretical, conceptual, historical, and evidence-based foundations of literacy and language, the ways in which they interrelate, and the role of the reading/literacy specialist in schools.

STANDARD 2: CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION - Candidates use foundational knowledge to design literacy curricula to meet needs of learners, especially those who experience difficulty with literacy; design, implement, and evaluate small-group and individual evidence-based literacy instruction for learners; collaborate with teachers to implement effective literacy practices.

STANDARD 3: ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION - Candidates understand, select, and use valid, reliable, fair, and appropriate assessment tools to screen, diagnose, and measure student literacy achievement; inform instruction and evaluate interventions; assist teachers in their understanding and use of assessment results; advocate for appropriate literacy practices to relevant stakeholders.

STANDARD 4: DIVERSITY AND EQUITY - Candidates demonstrate knowledge of research, relevant theories, pedagogies, and essential concepts of diversity and equity; demonstrate an understanding of themselves and others as cultural beings; create classrooms and schools that are inclusive and affirming; advocate for equity at school, district, and community levels.

STANDARD 5: LEARNERS AND THE LITERACY ENVIRONMENT - Candidates meet the developmental needs of all learners and collaborate with school personnel to use a variety of print and digital materials to engage and motivate all learners; integrate digital technologies in appropriate, safe, and effective ways; foster a positive climate that supports a literacy-rich learning environment.

STANDARD 6: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP - Candidates demonstrate the ability to be reflective literacy professionals, who apply their knowledge of adult learning to work collaboratively with colleagues;demonstrate their leadership and facilitation skills;advocate on behalf of teachers, students, families, and communities.

STANDARD 7: PRACTICUM/CLINICAL EXPERIENCES - * Only applies to Reading MEd and CAGS. Candidates complete supervised, integrated, extended practica/clinical experiences that include intervention work with students and working with their peers and experienced colleagues;practica include ongoing experiences in school-based setting(s); supervision includes observation and ongoing feedback by qualified supervisors.

Funding Opportunities

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants per term (based on enrollment status) to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.  To learn more about the Teach Grant visit:

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

Graduate students are 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

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