Teacher of Reading 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.
Master of Science in Teacher of Reading (34 credits)
Reading Specialist Licensure
Wheelock's Teacher of Reading master's program prepares students to qualify as reading specialists prepared to work with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and to teach struggling readers with language-based difficulties.
Our students are passionate about affecting change in the lives of struggling readers. Many of our students enter the program seeking to expand their professional "tool box" in teaching reading with the goal of impacting students in their own classrooms. Others enter the program wishing to move into the role of interventionist, coach, or literacy leader with certification as a Reading Specialist K-12.
Many of our students come from urban school districts, schools with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, or classrooms with struggling readers with language-based learning difficulties.
The Teacher of Reading master's program prepares students to become highly skilled and confident teachers of literacy, meeting state requirements for reading specialist licensure in Massachusetts.
Throughout our program, graduate students prepare for and experience the varied roles of a Reading Specialist in today's schools: providing one-on-one and small group reading intervention, whole class literacy teaching, literacy coaching, and school leadership. Wheelock's Literacy Lab, based in a linguistically diverse urban school, offers students close mentoring by an on-site faculty during two clinical semesters. The Literacy Lab offers opportunities to hone clinical intervention skills, to apply theory to practice, and to gain experience making measurable change in children's and adolescents' literacy achievement.
Licensure as a Reading Specialist
Successful completion of the program, along with passing required MTEL tests, qualifies graduates for Massachusetts licensure as reading specialists, grades preK-12. Students may also elect to add an English as a Second Language (ESL) license through additional coursework and practicum experience.
Nationally Recognized Program
The Teacher of Reading program is nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA). In addition, the program is approved by Massachusetts to meet coursework requirements to advance an initial teaching license in early childhood education, elementary education, moderate disabilities, or English as a second language to professional licensure.
The Teacher of Reading program is open to teachers who hold an initial license and who have completed at least one year of teaching in the area of their first license.
Career Opportunities for Language and Literacy Specialists
Alumni of Wheelock's Teacher of Reading and Language and Literacy programs 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need prior experience to qualify for admission to the Teacher of Reading program?
Yes. To be admitted to this program, applicants need to have completed a year of post-license teaching experience in the area of their teaching license. The year of teaching needs to be complete by the time the candidate starts the program. 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?
Most Teacher of Reading students complete the reading specialist practicum in their current school, collaborating with the school's reading specialist.