Reading and Literacy Education
master of education (m.ed.)
The graduate reading program consists of a series of courses and related practicum experiences designed to help classroom teachers and resource room specialists increase knowledge and skill as teachers of literacy.
The program is designed to enable candidates with at least one year of teaching to meet Massachusetts licensure standards for Teacher of Reading. The program conforms to the guidelines of the International Reading Association.
The Programs of Study consists of foundation courses, courses in language and literacy, and practica experiences as a teacher of reading.
A classroom teaching license is normally required for admission into the program. In order to obtain Massachusetts Reading licensure, the graduates will need to complete a year of teaching under their original license.
Students should carefully plan programs in consultation with the program advisor to see that degree and licensure requirements are met. Classroom teachers must meet with the practicum director (Fran Loftus, 671-552-4206) to create a proposal to fulfill practicum requirements while remaining in their own classroom.
For more information about eligibility and licensure, visit the Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction Department page.
In line with accreditation standards and with our program mission, the following are the expected student learning outcomes upon completion of the program.
- The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students by providing high-quality and coherent instruction, designing and administering authentic and meaningful student assessments, analyzing the student performance and growth data, using the data to improve instruction, providing students with constructive feedback on an ongoing basis, and continuously refining learning objectives. (Standard 1 of the CAP)
- The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, create a safe and effective classroom environment, and demonstrates cultural proficiency. (Standard 2 of the CAP)
- The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice. (Standard 4 of the CAP)
- The teacher candidate will demonstrate an inquiry stance by collecting and reporting data on pupil outcomes for the purpose of assessing, teaching, and modifying instructional practice.
- The teacher candidate will identify policies and practices that contribute to systemic inequities in education and be aware of how his or her own background experiences are influenced by these systems, and recognizes a professional responsibility to promote and practice principles of social justice teaching.
In addition, The MEd in Reading specialist program is designed to prepare graduates to have reading specialist skills. Specifically,
- The teacher candidate will have the skills, processes and dispositions necessary to secure classroom-based, district, and curriculum development positions that support reading and literacy pedagogy in grades K-12.