M.Ed. On Campus

Reading Specialist

Salisbury University

27 months
746 USD/credit 10941 USD/year
746 USD/credit 10941 USD/year
412 USD/credit 6042 USD/year
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Reading Specialist from Salisbury University is a professional degree and certification program designed to prepare reading educators in instructional and leadership capacities for K-12 school settings. Developing an extensive knowledge base that is rich and thorough will enable the program graduate to assist struggling readers and to mentor colleagues.


Reading Specialist from Salisbury University curriculum promotes understanding of the relationship of all productive and receptive language processes in literacy development, as well as the factors that may disrupt that development. Through research and study, candidates become familiar with the knowledge base of the reading field. This knowledge is extended through action research projects in real classroom settings.

Graduates with Reading Specialist from Salisbury University will:

  • understand major theories and empirical research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivational and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development, processes and components, including work recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge and reading-writing connections.
  • understand the historically shared knowledge of the profession and changes over time in the perceptions of reading and writing development, processes, and components
  • understand the role of professional judgement and practical knowledge for improving all students’ reading development and achievement
  • use foundational knowledge to design or implement an integrated, comprehensive and balanced curriculum.
  • use routines to support reading and writing instruction, using appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections
  • use a wide range of texts and understand types of assessments and their purposes, strengths and limitations
  • select, develop, administer and interpret assessments to plan and evaluate instruction
  • recognize, understand and value the forms of diversity and their importance in learning to read and write

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Literacy: History and Theory
  • Writing: Processes and Products
  • Emergent Literacies 
  • Adolescent Literacies 
  • Diversity, Equity and Literacy
  • Literacy Assessments 
  • Leadership for Literacy Programs 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 27 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Summer Priority Deadline: March 1
  • Fall Priority Deadline: March 1
  • Spring Priority Deadline: October 1


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Prerequisites for the Master of Education Reading Specialist program include an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and a current elementary, secondary or K-12 teaching certificate.
  • Provide copy of Teaching Certificate
  • Three recommendations from qualified individuals who support the candidate’s ability for graduate study in reading.
  • Submit a Graduate Application
  • Submit Official Transcripts
  • Submit Residency Documentation
  • English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10941 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 746 USD per credit during 27 months.
  • National

    10941 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 746 USD per credit during 27 months.
  • In-State

    6042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 412 USD per credit during 27 months.

Graduate Non-Resident Regional Hagerstown 496 USD

Living costs for Salisbury

1300 - 2201 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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