College of Education

Reading Education (M.Ed.)

Application Deadline

This program has rolling admissions--in order to ensure timely processing we recommend submitting your application by August 1 for fall admission, December 1 for spring admission, and May 1 for summer admission.  While we will continue to accept applications and materials after these dates, we cannot guarantee that your application will be reviewed in time for the start of classes.

Admission Requirements

  1. Candidates must meet the criteria for admission to all graduate programs at the university: a 3.00 GPA for the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study. Students can be admitted conditionally to the Master of Education in Reading program with a 2.75 GPA. Those admitted conditionally must receive an A or B in the first three REED courses they take in the program. Candidates who completed their bachelor’s degree more than 10 years ago with less than a 3.00 can be admitted to the program by documenting five years of successful education-related work experience.

  2. Candidates must also submit an essay on the following topic:

    Essential Dispositions For Educators

    All students enrolled in programs in the College of Education are expected to develop a professional conscience by demonstrating important dispositions necessary to work with diverse and inclusive communities of learners. Following is a list of three dispositions that have been identified as core behaviors expected of all graduates. As candidates progress through coursework and field experiences, they are expected to demonstrate increased understanding and mastery of these dispositions.

    At this time, how do you see yourself as an educator in terms of these attributes?

    1. Commitment to Professional Practice
    2. Caring for the Success and Well-being of All Students
    3. Collaboration with Colleagues and Stakeholders


Candidates in the M.Ed. in reading program are not required to have or be eligible for a teaching certificate. This is to allow individuals interested in careers that do not require a state teaching certification (e.g., community college developmental reading) to pursue the degree. It is, however, important to understand that completing the M.Ed. in reading does not carry automatic state certification.

Those who are already teachers can become endorsed by the state of Maryland as Reading Specialists. Maryland State Certification for Reading Specialist has three requirements:

  1. Eligibility for teacher certification in early childhood, elementary, secondary or special education.
  2. Three years of classroom teaching experience.
  3. M.Ed. in Reading from an approved program (e.g. Towson University's) or a master equivalency.

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

College of Education
Hawkins Hall, Room 304

Phone: 410-704-2570
Fax: 410-704-2733

Monica Cortada

Meet Graduate Student Monica Cortada,
M.Ed. Reading Education, TU Teacher Education Excellence Award Winner of 2015.

"The knowledge and wisdom I have gained through my graduate experience at TU has seeped into every part of my daily teaching experience. My teaching behavior has changed as a result of the learning experiences I have had that required me to analyze and reflect on my teaching. As a result, much of what I've experienced has become internalized. My TU experience is now a part of who and what I am. I am very grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow with the professors and students I've met in the Education Department at TU. It's truly been a transformational experience."



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