Simmons University

The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities

Language and Literacy


300 The Fenway

Boston, MA 02115

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.Ed.-Language and Literacy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Simmons College graduate program in Language and Literacy is an innovative program designed to provide advanced training to an educator who wishes to specialize in meeting the needs of learners with language based challenges in both specialized and inclusive settings. The program is research-based and incorporates methodologies, strategies, and techniques developed using multisensory structured language principles. The strategies employed and the skills mastered are of equal relevance and benefit to all learners. The goal is a significant reduction in the percentage of learners currently being identified with reading and writing skills below a basic level of achievement in general education settings.

There are two degree options that students may pursue - the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) and the Education Specialist (Ed.S.). Both programs are 44 credits. The M.S.Ed. degree meets the educational needs of an individual with a bachelor’s degree, while the Ed.S. degree program provides an area of specialization and an advanced degree to a student who currently holds a master’s. Both degrees have the option to prepare the student for Massachusetts licensure in reading. If seeking a Reading Specialist license, four additional credits are required. If you have earned credits for Wilson Level I Certification, you may be able to transfer up to four graduate credits.


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International Student Requirements:

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose first language is not English. The exam will be waived if the applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution. Officially translated and evaluated transcripts are required if not originally written in English. Only transcripts translated and evaluated by authorized organizations are accepted. Simmons College prefers either World Education Services ( or the Center for Educational Documentation ( International students must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds available to meet all the travel, living, and educational expenses for graduate study in the United States. This information must be provided if you are admitted to a graduate program at Simmons College.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 44

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 740.00

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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