The master's program in Reading prepares you to be a reading specialist, primarily for elementary and secondary education. The program also prepares you for literacy work in community colleges, industry, adult education programs, commercial education centers and private practice. You will develop a wide array of abilities for enhancing literacy for all learners and build the competencies to coach classroom teachers, paraprofessionals and parents. You will learn to:
provide specialized literacy instruction and assessment.
students at all levels and with a variety of needs.
to differentiate instruction for literacy services individually or in groups.
communicate with and coach colleagues, parents and the community about literacy issues.
Read and interpret literacy research.
You can complete the master's program as a full or part-time student. Most
courses are offered in the early evening one night per week.
The 36-unit program includes nine required courses and three electives, two of which must be in the area of literacy. Towson's program does not subscribe to a particular position on reading, but it closely reflects the broad, comprehensive knowledge and pedagogical skills outlined in the Standards for Reading Professionals developed by the International Reading Association.
The M.Ed. in reading education is one
major component in the Maryland State Department
of Education certification as a reading specialist.
Your degree can prepare you for a career as an academic
coach, instructional support teacher, curriculum
specialist, or other leadership positions in education.
By choosing electives carefully, you can also prepare
to take the Praxis as an ESL teacher or advance your
knowledge of technology integration. Furthermore,
many of our courses are aligned with MSDE recertification
The program is also offered through the Towson
Learning Network to employees of local school systems at various off-campus locations.
Visit the Towson Learning Network to get information about applying to the program.
The program includes a practicum experience for two terms in Towson's Reading Clinic, which serves local elementary and secondary school children from private and public schools, as well as adults. You will work one-on-one with students in small tutoring rooms attached to observation rooms, where professors can observe your techniques and offer feedback.
Watch a short documentary about the history and impact of the reading clinic: