Jul 12, 2024  
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog

Reading, Initial License

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This program is designed for experienced educators who hold a master’s degree, an initial teaching license, and want to serve as a teacher of reading. Coursework and field-based assignments are designed to help participants deepen their understanding of reading and writing development and processes, enhance classroom reading instruction, assess reading difficulties, support literacy coaching and leadership skills.

All candidates for the non-degree, licensure-only program must complete 21-30 credits meeting the regulations for initial licensure as a Specialist Teacher of Reading. Students must complete the 75 pre-practicum hours required in EDU 814 , EDU 745A , and EDU 741C  and the 150 practicum hours in EDU 845  and EDU 840P  and EDU 840S  

Admission Requirements

Additional admission requirements

Complete, official transcripts documenting the award of a bachelor’s degree (any field) and master’s degree in education or related field.

One letter of recommendation is required for admission into the program. If the applicant wishes to have a 2nd voice in support of their application, they may submit a 2nd letter.

Initial or professional Massachusetts teaching license in a classroom field.

Evidence of a passing score on the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

  or an equivalent course.

Master’s Degree in education or related field.

Program Requirements

Upon acceptance into the program, you will complete a tentative Plan of Study in consultation with the program coordinator. You must request that any transfer credits be considered at this time. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO MORE THAN THREE COURSES TAKEN AT SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY point average overall.

Total Credits: 12*-33

Additional Information and Notes

* The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires teachers seeking the Initial Specialist Teacher of Reading License to have at least an Initial Teaching License and at least one year of experience under that license. Students must supply verification of at least one year of teaching experience in the role and grade level of their initial license upon application to the practicum (EDU840P). Passing score on the MTEL Specialist Teacher of Reading license is required for endorsement.

Candidates for initial licensure must take and pass all required sections of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure.


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