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Master of Education - Reading

The graduate program in Reading Education leads to a Master of Education degree with a concentration in reading. The program is designed to enable graduates to meet the qualifications of several career options. Principal among these options is the career of diagnostic and remedial reading specialists. Classroom teachers are prepared to meet responsibilities required in teaching developmental reading and reading in content areas more effectively. Candidates in the program are helped to understand the significance of various competencies and their development for implementation of a total-school approach to reading instruction for the variety of populations found in the schools.


Admission to the Graduate School and certification at any level of schooling are required for admission to the program. Through consultation with an advisor, candidates will learn if their career experiences are suitable for beginning a graduate program in reading education. Problems related to acquiring proper sequence can be solved by consultation with an advisor.


As a result of meeting the requirements of the graduate reading education program, candidates demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and competencies related to:

  • helping students develop lifelong reading habits;
  • promoting literacy in a technologically oriented society;
  • developing literacy programs in classrooms and schools;
  • implementing various approaches to reading and whole-language instruction;
  • individualizing instruction in classroom and clinical settings;
  • measuring and evaluating all aspects of literacy development;
  • involving parents and community in development of literacy;
  • designing and implementing staff development for improvement of literacy in school settings;
  • fulfilling various roles required of the diagnostic-remedial reading specialist;
  • analyzing and using published reading research results;
  • recognizing the "teacher as researcher" perspective;
  • participating in relevant professional organizations;
  • administering a literacy development program, and
  • keeping abreast of the latest research findings.

Reading Specialist Certification Requirements

Completion of the master's degree with concentration in reading, with three years teaching experience, prepares an individual to meet certification requirements as a reading specialist in the state of Maryland.

Semester-hours of credit required in the Program

Completion of the Graduate Reading Education Program requires 39 semester hours of credit. The 39-semester-hour program includes a minimum of 27 semester hours in the core program of reading education, nine (9) semester hours of coursework in related fields, and three (3) semester hours of recommended electives in reading and other language arts designed to meet individual needs and interests. Numbers and names of courses follow:

EDUC 544 Principles and Techniques of Reading Instruction
EDUC 645 Reading in Content Fields
EDUC 646 Diagnostic, Corrective and Remedial Reading
EDUC 647 Current Issues in Reading
EDUC 749 Laboratory Experiences in Diagnosis, Correction and Remediation of Reading Difficulties: Practicum
EDUC 751 Seminar in Reading (Seminar Paper Required)
EDUC 534 Problems of Teaching The Language Arts
EDUC 653 Teaching Reading to Multicultural Populations
EDUC 650 Measurement and Evaluation in Reading

Electives in Reading and Other Language Arts

One elective should be selected from the following language arts or reading education courses: (Other electives may be acceptable with special permission).

EDUC 648 Teaching Reading in Secondary Schools
EDUC 633 Literature for Children
EDUC 501 Issues in Early Childhood Education
SPED 511 Special Education Perspectives
SPED 626 Reading and Language Development

Other Required Courses

EDUC 706 Introduction to Research
PSYC 603 Mental Hygiene or PSYC 529 Personality Theory
EDUC 507 Human Growth and Development or PSYC 612 Educational Psychology

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Lucille Strain
Reading Graduate Coordinator
233-H Center for Learning and Technology
14000 Jericho Park Road
Bowie, MD 20715