Language and Literacy Master's Program

Special Offer for Public School Teachers

Wheelock partners with Boston Public Schools and Brookline Public Schools to offer our Reading Specialist Master's program to their teachers at a discounted tuition rate, plus other benefits.

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Boston Public Schools Teacher of Reading Master's Program

Brookline Public Schools Teacher of Reading Master's Program

Wheelock's Language and Literacy master's program prepares students to develop graduate level expertise and leadership skills in reading and language learning.

Master of Science in Language and Literacy Studies (31 credits)

The Language and Literacy Studies program develops expertise in supporting language acquisition, second language learning, and reading development, areas that are critical for children's overall academic success.

Students who select a reading focus within Language and Literacy Studies learn to assess children's reading and language strengths and needs, evaluate multicultural children's literature, and apply multisensory approaches to reading intervention. Students may also choose a course sequence focused on English as a Second Language (ESL) that addresses factors in second language acquisition and the instructional supports for children who speak a home language other than English. This sequence, combined with a practicum equivalent and successful passage of required MTEL tests, can enable qualified students to add a Massachusetts ESL license.

Teachers with an initial teaching license in early childhood education, elementary education, or moderate disabilities may use selected courses within Language and Literacy Studies to meet the coursework requirements for advancing a first initial license to professional licensure.

Career Opportunities for Language and Literacy Specialists

Alumni of the Language and Literacy master's and our Teacher of Reading master's program work as reading specialists, literacy coaches, teaching team leaders, ESL teachers, generalist classroom teachers, and reading tutors in private practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I begin this program in any semester?
You may begin in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

Do I need to be a full-time student?
No. Most students complete their program part-time over two years.

Do I have to interview for admission to these programs?
No. But informational interviews can be helpful. To schedule an interview with a faculty member, email the Office of Graduate Admissions at

Do I need prior teaching experience to qualify for admission to this program?
No. The Language and Literacy Studies master's program does not require teaching experience, but students need to have completed a bachelor's degree with an arts and sciences or education focus, and demonstrate a focused interest in literacy education. Some students begin graduate work in Language and Literacy Studies and transfer into the Teacher of Reading program once they have completed a year of teaching experience.

Will I be able to use my current job as a placement opportunity?
Faculty can offer guidance about other placements that accompany Language and Literacy courses.

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