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  • Program Overview

    M.Ed. in Literacy and Reading (36 credits)

    Prepare for Massachusetts Licensure as a Reading Specialist for all grades (PreK–12). Designed with the reading specialist, coach, or interventionist in mind, each course highlights evidence-based best practices in reading and writing instruction for all grades.

    Rigorous and relevant coursework in reading and writing development is taught by faculty who have been reading coaches and interventionists in public schools and experienced lecturers in graduate education for more than 15 years. All students are taught the most-up-to date and scientific approaches to teaching reading and writing.

    • 36-credit advanced program for initial license holders
    • Holistic approach to instruction and assessment of K-12 students
    • Accommodates working teachers who are seeking specialist license
    • Affordable pricing
    • Personal advising
    • Networking opportunities and job placement support.

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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at: endicott.edu/admission/information-for-graduate-students/apply 

    Applicants should submit the following to Graduate Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay (750-1000 words) on the following: Please describe your educational philosophy and how you apply this philosophy in your teaching practice. Should you not be a classroom teacher currently, in what ways will your philosophy influence your practices? 
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.
    • A copy of all initial licenses in the state of Massachusetts

    Additional Application Requirements M.Ed. Leading to Initial License

    • A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL)

    Additional Application Requirements M.Ed. Leading to Professional License

    • A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL)

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of and approach to the process of reading and development of literacy skills
    • Design high quality instruction, including authentic and meaningful student assessments 
    • Analyze student performance and growth data and to use this data to improve instruction and practice
    • Teach all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, a safe and effective classroom environment, and cultural proficiency.
    • Promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
    • Ensure the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice

    Required Curriculum with MA Initial Licensure

    As regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the practicum requires 150 hours in the role and grade level of the license sought.  Students my have their practicum placement, supervising practitioner, and hours approved by Endicott staff before enrolling in the practicum course. Additional hours may be assigned at the discretion of the Dean, Director, Associate Director or Assistant Director. 

    *Courses required to obtain the Initial license

    EDN 530 - Sheltered English Immersion
    OR
    EDN 575 - Data Literacy
    RDL 500 - Early Literacy Development
    *
    RDL 505 - Adolescent Literacy
    RDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult Literature
    *
    RDL 515 - Writing Instruction
    *
    RDL 520 - Assessment of Reading Skills
    *
    RDL 525 - Reading Difficulties
    *
    RDL 530 - ​Theories of Language and Linguistics
    RDL 550 - Literacy Coaching (Pre-Practicum)
    *
    RDL 560 - Practicum in Reading and Literacy
    *
    RDL 565 - Reflective Seminar in Reading and Literacy
    *
    RDL 585 - Critical Media Literacy
    *

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits

    Required Curriculum

    Note: Electives are chosen in consultation with the student's advisor

    Electives - 9 cr.

    RDL 500 - Early Literacy Development
    RDL 505 - Adolescent Literacy
    RDL 515 - Writing Instruction
    RDL 520 - Assessment of Reading Skills
    RDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult Literature
    RDL 525 - Reading Difficulties
    RDL 530 - ​Theories of Language and Linguistics
    RDL 580 - Family Literacy Connections
    RDL 585 - Critical Media Literacy

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits

    Required Curriculum with MA Professional Licensure

    Note: All courses required for Professional Licensure

    EDN 690 - Advanced Seminar in Education
    EDN 575 - Data Literacy
    EDN 680 - Research Methods
    EDN 685 - Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change Processes
    ELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    SPE 685 - Personalized Learning
    RDL 530 - ​Theories of Language and Linguistics
    RDL 585 - Critical Media Literacy
    RDL 570 - Learning and Cognition
    EDN 570 - Classroom Management
    RDL 575 - Assessment Frameworks
    RDL 590 - Advanced Seminar in Reading/Language

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits


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