Literacy Education

M.Ed. in Literacy - Reading Specialist Program

This program is designed for experienced classroom teachers looking to gain a strong foundation in reading and the development of leadership skills. In this program, you will prepare not only to meet the needs of struggling readers, but also to assume leadership positions within your school. This program is designed for the certified teacher who wishes to be certified by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) as a Reading Specialist. (NOTE: The MSDE requires three years of classroom experience to be certified as a reading specialist.) In order to receive the MSDE certification in Reading Specialist, you must first be certified in another area by MSDE. If you are not currently certified in Maryland, you will need to show certification from another state and demonstrate that you will receive certification in Maryland no later than six months after entering the program.

Degree Requirements

The Loyola Reading Specialist requires 39 credit hours.

Candidates should complete each block before proceeding to the next block.  Courses within a block may be taken in any order unless otherwise stated.  As a graduation requirement, candidates must take and earn a score of 158 or higher on the Praxis II:  Reading Specialist #5301 during block 3.

BLOCK 1 (12 credits)
RE 510 History and Foundations of Literacy Instruction (3)
RE 523 Elementary Literacy and Literature (3)
RE 531 Adolescent Literacy and Literature (3)
RE 605 Principles and Practices of Writing (3)

BLOCK 2 (12 credits)
RE 603 Language, Literacy, and Culture (3)
RE 609 Disciplinary Literacy (3)
RE 737 Literacy Assessment I. (3)
RE 740 Literacy Leadership (3)

BLOCK 3 (15 credits)
RE 670 Teacher Research and Inquiry (3) (Prerequisite: RE 737)
RE 739 Literacy Assessments II. (3)  
RE 770 Literacy Education Seminarcy (3) (Prerequisites:  RE 737, RE 670)
RE 756  School Year Practicum in Literacy (3) (Prerequisites:  RE 737, RE 670, RE 739)
RE 757 School Year Practicum in Literacy (3) (Prerequisites: RE 737, RE 670, RE 739, RE 756) OR
RE 758 Summer Practicum in Literacy (6) (Prerequisites: RE 737, RE 670, RE 739)

RE770 should be the final course taken in the M.Ed. Literacy Reading Specialist Program

Additionally, during Block 3, candidates must earn a score of 158 or higher on the Praxis II: Reading Specialist (#5301) prior to graduation. It is recommended that candidates take the exam after completing Literacy Assessment I. (RE 737) and Literacy Assessments II. (RE 739).

Practicum

The Literacy Practicum is housed through the Loyola Clinical Centers. Graduate students engage in the Literacy Scholars Program and Ready, Set, Read! as part of the Reading Specialist Master’s Program at Loyola.

The Literacy Scholars Program offers thorough literacy assessment and instructional services for students in grades 2-12. It also provides guidance for parents to support their children’s literacy development at home. Reading specialist candidates meet with individual students for 20 sessions either during a concentrated summer session of approximately five weeks or on Saturdays during the school year from October to May. 

Ready, Set, Read! is an interprofessional program that provides Literacy students the opportunity to work with Speech-Language Pathology students. The students are paired and co-plan and teach a small group of emergent readers, focusing on the connection between language and literacy. This program is currently only offered during the Summer Practicum. 

The Literacy Scholars Program and Ready, Set, Read! serve as professional preparation for candidates who are completing their M.Ed. as a reading specialist. Reading specialist candidates are certified teachers who work under the supervision of the Loyola Reading Faculty. The reading specialist master’s program is nationally recognized by the International Reading Association.

Loyola Clinical Centers  serves families in the greater Baltimore area. All students in grades 1-12 may apply although priority may be given to struggling students or those considered at risk. Sliding scale fees are available for financial assistance. For information, please contact Dana Reinhardt, Director of Literacy, at 410-617-1252 or dmreinhardt@loyola.edu.

Completion Time

The literacy education program may be taken full-time (to be completed in 18-24 months) or part-time (to be completed in 2-5 years).

Program Outcomes

This 39-credit program is designed for the certified teacher who wishes to be certified by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) as a Reading Specialist. (NOTE:  The MSDE requires three years of classroom experience to be certified as a reading specialist.) In order to receive the MSDE certification in Reading Specialist, you must first be certified in another area by MSDE. If you are not currently certified in Maryland, you will need to show certification from another state and demonstrate that you will receive certification in Maryland no later than six months after entering the program.