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
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.
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.