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Special Education (MEd, Reading Specialist, non-licensure) (hybrid)

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Degree Overview

This program defines the knowledge and skills necessary for effective assessment, instruction and leadership in the field of reading. It responds to the needs of school districts by preparing specialists in leadership roles, as well as to the needs of students with a wide range of abilities.

The reading specialist program provides candidates with a rigorous, research based curriculum and a range of assessment, teaching and staff development opportunities.

This concentration does not lead to reading specialist licensure. Initial licensure or permission of the program chair is required for entry into this concentration.

Requirements and Curriculum

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    The reading specialist program classes at Fitchburg State made me very well prepared to take the MTEL test. Several of my colleagues who have already graduated from other programs have been trying to pass for a long time and I passed on my first try. Thanks so much for the wonderful program!
    –Debbie Tilton, 2012

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    Program at a Glance


    Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

    • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Professional resume
    • Copy of initial or professional teaching license
    • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
    • Graduate application and fee
    • An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
      • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
      • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
      • Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.
        • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
        • What did you do in that particular situation?
        • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
        • How do you feel about the situation now?
        • What would you change, if anything?

    Prerequisite courses completed:

    • Children or Young Adult Literature
    • Child Development (or equivalent)
    • Principles and Practices of Teaching Reading (or equivalent)


    This is a hybrid program, with limited Saturday sessions for select classes designed to facilitate interaction and collaboration.

    Total Credits

    36 credits

    Program Cost

    Tuition and fees

    Time Frame

    While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

    Program Highlights

    CAEP/NCATE accredited

    Career Opportunities

    • Literacy Coach
    • Private Academic Tutor

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