2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog

Licensure Only: Specialist Teacher of Reading (All Levels) 33 credits

This program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Initial License in Specialist Teacher of Reading (All Levels) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This licensure-only program is for teacher candidates and initially licensed classroom teachers with a Master's degree who seek further certification as a specialist teacher of reading. It allows teachers to add an additional license and use 12 credits to advance initial licenses to Professional (Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Moderate Disabilities). The program offers thorough training in literacy strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners across grades K-12. Students work with professors on literacy research, pedagogy, and policy, and focus on staff development and direct services to students. Students apply their coursework to a practicum experience and return to their schools with a wealth of specialized knowledge applicable to a range of settings, student populations, and consultant roles.

Note: An Initial or Professional license and at least one year of teaching experience under that license are required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to be eligible for a license as a specialist teacher of reading. Teacher candidates may still apply for the license before that year of teaching is complete. Upon documentation of the completed year of teaching, the license will be issued by the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Program Prerequisites

  • Completed Master's degree and Initial or Professional license for classroom teacher or special education teacher, or documented enrollment in a Master's degree program leading to Initial license at the time of application.
  • EEDUC 5400 Literacy and Literature: Methods and Materials (1-6), (or equivalent)
  • EEDUC 5122 Development and Learning: Psycho-social Perspectives in Education (or a course in child development and a course in adolescent development)
  • EECLD 6115 Sheltered English Instruction (PreK-6), EECLD 6116 Sheltered English Instruction (5-12), or documented state-approved SEI endorsement.

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.
Required courses may be waived based on previous coursework or past experience. Courses waived will reduce the total amount of credits. Minimum program credits: 18.

Required Courses (27 credits):

EECLD 6001Culturally Responsive Teaching


EECLD 6002Essential Linguistics: What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Language


EEDUC 6101Content Literacy


EEDUC 6001The Teaching of Writing (K-12)


EEDUC 6032Exploring Nonfiction for the Elementary and Middle School Classroom


EEDUC 6174Literature for Children, Tweens, and Teens in a Diverse Society


EEDUC 6136Struggling Readers and Writers


EEDUC 6135Assessment: A Literacy Perspective


EEDUC 7103Roles of the Language Arts Professional: Consultation and Collaboration


Practicum (6 credits):

Prerequisites: Successful completion of required pre-practicum courses and satisfactory completion of appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) requirements. This 150-hour practicum is accompanied by a weekly seminar and requires a field experience fee.

EEDUC 7105Practicum: Interactive Assessment and Instruction for Literacy