Reading, CAGS

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Bridgewater State University
Maxwell Library, Room 019
10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater, MA 02325

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The Graduate Program offers the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Reading with an option for institutional endorsement for Massachusetts licensure as Reading Specialist (all levels). The 33-credit program is offered to cohort groups who move through the entire program together. To enhance the experience, courses are scheduled on Saturdays during the academic year and as two-week intensives in the summer.

Program learning experiences and outcomes are designed to meet the recommendations of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee and the Advisory Group to the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Joint Task Force of the International Reading Association (IRA), reading/literacy supervisor and consultant.

A CAGS 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
  • 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. Adam Ulenski

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Resume 
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A rating of “one” on three letters of recommendation (at least one from teaching supervisor and one who has knowledge of applicant’s aptitude for advanced scholarship)
  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0
  • Possession of an active Massachusetts State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE) professional teacher license
    1. Possession of MA DESE licensure as Reading Specialist or
    2. A qualifying score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) Communications and Literacy Skills (01)
  • Three years of experience teaching in the area of licensure
  • Evidence of having takenat Bridgewater State University or six credits of equivalent course work at another institution of higher education
  • Foundational knowledge in computer technology (Microsoft Word and Office)

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Required courses (33 credits)


*Students who do not successfully complete READ 681 are required to enroll in READ 682 - CAGS Literacy Practicum .
**With advisor’s consent, another 500- or 600-level course in instructional technology may be substituted for INST 552.

Exit requirement

In addition to the course requirements above, candidates must demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Successful completion of a multimedia exhibit in exemplary literacy practices
  • Support for the work of professional literacy organizations
  • Successful defense of the research project and multimedia exhibit

Total minimum credits: 33





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