Reading, MEd

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

Request Information

Attend Info Session

Apply Today

Reading students in discussion

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
  • 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 Waiver

 Program Coordinator: Dr. Adam Ulenski | aulenski@bridgew.edu

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 (GRE can be waived with passing results of required MTELs)
  • 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 license 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

 

Apply Today

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.

Reading- Language, Literacy and Culture Concentration

The MEd in Reading- Language, Literacy and Culture concentration is designed for experienced educators with an initial license to enhance and expand their skills in language, literacy and culture across diverse population as classroom teacher. This MEd concentration program provides experienced educators who already hold an initial license with an opportunity to enhance and expand their knowledge and skills in the area of language, literacy and culture. This program provides educators with a foundation in literacy learning across diverse populations and content areas, the use of assessment to inform instruction, the integration of the language arts, the integration of technology, and the knowledge of how to select and use a variety of genres of children’s books in the K-6 classroom. This Master of Education in reading concentration does not provide a Reading Specialist license.

About 

  • All courses hybrid or fully online
  • 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
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

Admissions

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 based on four years of work or a 3.0 undergraduate GPA based on work completed in the junior and senior years
  • *A composite score of 170 or 99% ranking (clear admit) or a score of 160 or 85% ranking (conditional admit) in the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test
  • Possession of a Massachusetts State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education active teacher licensure (Initial or Professional)
  1. Possession of a Massachusetts State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education active licensure as a Reading Specialist (Initial or Professional) or
  2. A qualifying score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills (01)
  • 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)
  • One year teaching experience in the area of licensure
  • Foundational knowledge in computer technology (Microsoft Word and Office)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work

*Bridgewater State University, College of Graduate Studies Current Student and Recent Alumni GRE Waiver: Applicants are eligible for the GRE waiver if they are current BSU undergraduate senior or recent BSU alumni (five years of 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.

Curriculum

Required courses (30 credits)

READ 542 - A Critical Review of Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas
READ 543 - Assessment and Intervention Techniques for the Elementary Classroom
READ 544 - Children's Literature for the Elementary Classroom
READ 545 - Global Literacies: Discovering the World in the Elementary Classroom
READ 546 - New Literacies for Internet Comprehension
READ 550 - Improving Literacy Instruction
READ 553 - Issues in Literacy Education for Social Justice
READ 554 - Research in Literacy Teaching and Learning
READ 556 - Literacy Curriculum Development and Implementation
READ 557 - Capstone Course in Language, Literacy and Culture

Exit requirement

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

  • Successful completion of the Literacy Professional’s Library
  • An oral presentation or exhibit pertaining to a topic in literacy
  • A passing score on the written comprehensive examination (Please see Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures for additional information.)
  • Support for the work of professional literacy organizations

Total minimum credits: 30

Viewbook

See our Viewbook

Interested in learning more about Bridgewater? View an online copy of our viewbook!

Graduate Events

Graduate Events

View our graduate events page to RSVP to information sessions, workshops and seminars.

Cost to Attend

Cost of Attending

Bridgewater offers competitive tuition and fees for graduate students both in and out of state.

Apply

Apply Now

Create an account to start your application to a graduate program today!