For students choosing to study the fields of Fundamentals of Reading Instruction and Assessment and Leadership in Literacy Instruction as part of the CAGS in Interdisciplinary.
- Work with an advisor from the graduate reading specialist program to develop a plan of study
- Study an integrated core curriculum, research, supervised professional practicum, and a capstone experience
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Students choosing the disciplines of Fundamentals of Reading Instruction and Assessment and Leadership in Literacy Instruction complete a practicum and seminar as their capstone experience, which leads to initial licensure as a Reading Specialist.
Program leads to Initial Licensure as a Reading Specialist.
- Title I or Remedial Reading Teacher
- Literacy Coach
- Private Academic Tutoring Business
While you can complete the program in as few as two years, you have six years to complete the program.
This program is comprehensive, practical and diverse. It was designed to give each candidate the finest and most up-to-date research-based instruction in preparation for them to be literacy leaders for the future.
Degrees and Other Information
- CAGS, Interdisciplinary Studies: Reading Specialist Concentration - Program information from the University Catalog.
- Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)
Students pursuing the initial licensure programs for Reading Specialists, including the CAGS in Interdisciplinary Studies/Reading Specialist concentration, the M.Ed. in Special Education/Reading Specialist concentration, and the Reading Specialist Graduate Certificate program, may be eligible for the Dr. Rosemarie Giovino Reading Specialist Scholarship. Students in these programs who have taken SPED/READ 7016 and SPED/READ 7017, and who also hold or are pursuing Wilson Language Level I certification are eligible. Other criteria apply.
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admission requirements are as follows:
- Official transcripts of a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Initial Massachusetts licensure in early childhood, elementary, middle school or special education
- Have taught under an Initial Massachusetts Educator License for a minimum of one year
- Passing scores on the Communication and Literacy MTEL
- Three letters of recommendation
- Professional resume
- Graduate application and fee
- Prerequisite courses completed
- Children or Young Adult Literature
- Child Development (or equivalent)
- Principles and Practices of Teaching Reading (or equivalent)
- 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?
*Candidates must successfully pass the Stage Review prior to enrolling in this capstone experience; the Stage Review includes a passing score on the Reading Specialist MTEL.
Note: Prior to completion of the program of study, initial licensure candidates are required to take the Fitchburg State University ESE-approved SEI course in order to be endorsed for licensure.