27 months
760 USD/credit 11146 USD/year
760 USD/credit 11146 USD/year
420 USD/credit 6160 USD/year
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Reading specialists are instructional leaders and advocates for literacy. The Reading Specialist program at Salisbury University is a professional graduate program designed to prepare literacy professionals in instructional and leadership capacities for pre-K-12 school settings and leads to certification as a reading specialist in Maryland. 


Why Choose Reading Specialist at SU?

The Reading Specialist program at Salisbury University reflects Salisbury University’s mission to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and core values necessary to participate in a democratic society and interdependent world. We accomplish this through small classes taught by experienced scholars and professionals and a curriculum aligned to the 2017 International Reading Association Standards for Literacy Professionals.

Theory and practice are complimentary throughout program course work at SU. An essential element of the program is fostering candidates’ awareness of and ability to act as advocates for teachers, students, families, and communities in relation to literacy learning and instruction. Through coursework, candidates will critically evaluate literacy curriculum, instruction, and policy in their own professional contexts. Clinical practicum with individual students and small groups provides candidates with hands-on experience.

Additionally, candidates will have opportunities to prepare professional presentations and publications, and to take leadership roles in community literacy activities and political advocacy.

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

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


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Candidates for the M.Ed. Reading Specialist Program must submit the Application for Graduate Program Admission, the application fee, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and the Residency/Domicile Information form (if applying for in-state tuition as a Maryland resident) and the following additional application documents requirements of the Reading Specialist Program.

  • submit an application for admission, including two recommendations from qualified individuals who support the candidate’s ability for graduate study in reading;
  • possess an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • possess a current elementary, secondary, or K-12 teaching certificate;
  • Meet with an advisor in the department to discuss the program of study.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11146 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 760 USD per credit during 27 months.
  • National

    11146 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 760 USD per credit during 27 months.
  • In-State

    6160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 420 USD per credit during 27 months.

Non-Residents (Regional Hagerstown) $505

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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