Endicott College

Van Loan School

Reading and Literacy


376 Hale Street

Beverly, MA 01915

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Reading and Literacy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The post-baccalaureate Master of Education in Reading and Literacy program prepares candidates to work as reading specialists for all grade levels. This program will prepare candidates who are experienced teachers to obtain Massachusetts State Licensure as a Reading Specialist for all grades (PreK–12).

The programs in Reading and Literacy are designed in two tracks: 1) a 21-credit post-baccalaureate program that leads to Initial Licensure, and an optional 15 additional credit program to obtain a Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy, 2) a 36-credit Appropriate Master’s Degree program that leads to Professional Licensure.

A passing score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) prior to enrolling in the practicum is required.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate skill in planning curriculum and instruction, delivering effective instruction, managing classroom climate, promoting equity and meeting professional standards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and approach to the process of reading and development of literacy skills.
  • Demonstrate skill in assessing student and program performance

Reading and Literacy: Initial Licensure (PreK–12)
The program in Reading and Literacy enables candidates to be eligible to apply for Initial Licensure in Reading. Courses such as RDG 506 Emergence of Literacy, RDG 507 Writing Across the Curriculum, RDG 511 Children’s Literature, RDG 512 Diagnosis and Remediation, and RDG 508 Improvement of Reading Instruction provide background knowledge to the teacher to become a reading specialist. While practical experiences are part of each course format, pre-practicum experiences are included in RDG 512 Diagnosis and Remediation and RDG 508 Improvement of Reading Instruction and the 150-hour practicum and accompanying seminar to prepare the teacher through supervised classroom experiences to take on the role of a reading teacher for all grade levels. Each course addresses the relevant Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Professional Standards of Teachers.

Initial Licensure Program of Study
IED 530 Linguistics and Language Acquisition 3 cr.
ED 581 Technology in Education 3 cr.
ED 542 Sheltered English Immersion Teacher Endorsement 3 cr.
RDG 558 Literacy Connections 3 cr.
ECE 500 Child Development 3 cr.
RDG 506 * Emergence of Literacy 3 cr.
RDG 507 * Writing Across the Curriculum 3 cr.
RDG 508 * Improvement of Reading Instruction (Pre-practicum) 3 cr.
RDG 511 * Children’s Literature 3 cr.
RDG 512 * Diagnosis and Remediation (Pre-practicum) 3 cr.
RDG 514 * Practicum Experience: Teacher of Reading 3 cr.
RDG 515 * Reflective Seminar: Teacher of Reading 3 cr.
EXM 699 Comprehensive Examination 0 cr.
Total degree requirements 36 cr.

Completion Requirements
To successfully complete the Reading and Literacy program for Initial Licensure in Reading, students must successfully complete all of the required courses, fieldwork, and the comprehensive examination. Students are also required to pass the MTEL in Reading Specialist prior to graduation and application for Initial Licensure as reading specialists.

Other Options for Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Moderate Disabilities Candidates
The program of study for the Master of Education in Reading and Literacy is also approved for obtaining eligibility for Professional Licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Moderate Disabilities (PreK–8, 5–12). Initial Licensure in the respective field mentioned above is required for entry into the program.

Reading and Literacy: Professional Licensure (PreK–12)
The 36-credit Appropriate Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy prepares reading specialists who already possess an Initial License in the field with a program of study leading to eligibility for Professional Licensure in the state of Massachusetts. The Appropriate Master’s Degree combines the study of advanced level subject matter and pedagogy in reading with an in-depth examination of research methods, policy analysis, the social history of American education, and the foundations of student aspirations. Preparing practicing reading specialists to build a deeper understanding of the field, the Appropriate Master’s Degree also provides educators with the opportunity to examine trends in 21st century American education that impact their students, schools, and lives as teachers.


Endicott College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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