Mount St. Mary's University

School of Education & Human Services

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Study in Reading


16300 Old Emmitsburg Road

Emmitsburg, MD 21727

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Study in Reading

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Reading prepares the certified teacher for the professional role of reading specialist/literacy coach in grades K-12.

A reading specialist is, first and foremost, a literacy coach. The specialist supports classroom teachers in their instruction and assessment of students' literacy development. In addition, a reading specialist/literacy coach is a consumer and purveyor of literacy research, sharing findings and leading inquiry efforts. Specialists are literacy leaders in the school and community. Coursework for the Certificate of Advanced Study in Reading highlights the particular needs of English language learners.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals wishing to apply for admission into a Certificate of Advanced Study in Reading program must have a Master’s degree.

  • Completed application; Apply online
  • Nonrefundable $35 application fee; Checks made payable to Mount St. Mary's University
  • All transcript(s) from accredited institutions
  • Two letters of recommendation; Download guidelines
  • Copy of current valid teaching certificate


The program is nationally recognized by the International Reading Association and is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Facts & Figures

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $480

Classification: Unknown

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