Salem State University

12 months
10378 USD/year
10378 USD/year
8758 USD/year
Tuition fee
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This Reading program at Salem State University is designed for an experienced educators who holds an initial teaching license and wants to serve as a teacher of reading.


This Reading program is designed for an experienced educator who holds an initial classroom teaching license and who wants to serve schools as a teacher of reading at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary or post-secondary levels or who wants to remain a classroom teacher with expertise in reading. Graduates of this program may be endorsed by Salem State for state licensure as a teacher of reading. Early childhood, special education, ESL, and elementary classroom teachers who are pursuing professional licensure in their field may use this program to help them qualify and apply on their own to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MDESE) for the professional license in early childhood, special education, ESL or elementary education.

Courses in the program will help students develop an understanding of reading and writing processes, enhance classroom reading instruction, assess reading difficulties and intervene instructionally, use literature in reading and language arts programs, and carry out teacher leadership roles in reading. One hundred and fifty hours of supervised field work are required of those pursuing the Specialist Teacher of Reading license. The program meets MDESE regulations for initial licensure as a Specialist Teacher of Reading and is fully accredited by NCATE and the International Reading Association. Students may select from three program options: M.Ed. with licensure (36 credit hours); licensure only (21-30 credit hours) and the M.Ed. without licensure (36 credit hours). For more information about these options, please contact the program coordinator.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Literacy Learning: History, Theory & Research
  • Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  • Teaching Students to Write (Pre K-12)
  • Literacy Intervention Strategies (All Levels)
  • Literacy, Language and Diversity
  • Literacy Leadership, Collaboration and Coaching
  • Practicum for the Reading Specialist
  • Practicum Seminar for the Reading Specialist License
  • Literature for Children
  • Literature for Young Adults
  • Educational Research Across the Curriculum

For more information please visit the program website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcript or transcript evaluation. The Licensure Only Reading program requires a transcript documenting an appropriate master's degree, as evaluated by the reading program coordinator and School of Graduate Studies dean.
  • Three references
  • Statement of purpose
  • Copy of an initial or professional Massachusetts teaching license in a classroom teaching field
  • Passing scores on the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
  • English Proficiency, if applicable for international applicants
  • Graduate programs in reading do not require the GRE or MAT.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10378 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10378 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    10378 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10378 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    8758 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8758 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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