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Program Overview

The master of science in reading specialization program is designed for teachers seeking a master’s degree and certification as a reading specialist. The recipient of this degree has the competencies necessary to act as a reading specialist or literacy coach in an elementary, middle or secondary school.This program meets International Reading Association standards and also fulfills the standards set forth by the Maryland State Department of Education for licensure as a reading specialist.

Our Program Learning Goals

Upon graduation from the reading specialization master’s program, our students will be able to:

1. Understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.

2. Use instructional approaches, materials and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.

3. Use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.

4. Create and engage their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect and a valuing of differences in our society

5. Create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials and the appropriate use of assessments.

6. Recognize the importance of, demonstrate and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility.

Entrance Requirements

Complete and submit the graduate school application available at

Request one copy of an official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred. Transcripts should be sent directly from each institution to the graduate school.

Grade Point Average
A minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA is required for admission to the Graduate School and to the master of science in reading specialization program.

Applicants to the reading specialization program must complete an interview with the program director or faculty member. The interview provides an opportunity to discuss career goals and program requirements.

During the interview process, applicants will be asked to write a brief essay highlighting career goals.

Program of Study

The Master of Science in Reading Specialization provides the understanding and competencies necessary for the reading specialist certificate. Open to certified teachers who will have three or more years of teaching experience by the time the master’s degree is conferred, it is directed to the reading needs of school children in grades K-12. Two supervised experiences, one in an elementary reading clinic and one in a secondary reading clinic, are the capstone to a course sequence that provides both breadth and depth in reading specialization. Graduation from this program leads to Maryland certification as a reading specialist.

Phase I: Professional Core Courses  
EDUC 502: Technology for Literacy, Leadership and Learning 3
EDUC 577: Introduction to Educational Research 3
EDUC 582: Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society 3
*EDUC 515: Processes and Acquisition of Teaching Reading 3

*May be waived if student presents documentation that the course was taken in an undergraduate program or for MSDE credit

Phase II: Required Foundation Courses  
EDUC 517 Materials for Teaching Reading: Instruction and Methods 3
EDUC 520 Reading Diagnosis 3
EDUC 518 Reading Instruction: Elementary 3
EDUC 519 Reading Instruction: Secondary 3
EDUC 529 Literacy Leadership 3
EDUC 523 Reading Diagnosis and Prescription: Clinical 3

Phase III: Collaborative Practice  
EDUC 524 Advanced Clinical Reading Experiences: Elementary 3
EDUC 525 Advanced Clinical Reading Experiences: Secondary 3
EDUC 521 Contemporary Issues in the Teaching of Reading 3