Jul 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Reading (Grade K-12), M.Ed.

The Master of Education with a Concentration in Reading is designed to prepare educators to serve as building/campus-level Reading Specialists. This program is designed with an emphasis on teaching students who are linguistically diverse and neurodiverse. The concentration leads to advanced certification as a reading specialist, K-12, from the Maryland State Department of Education.

The Master of Education with a Concentration in Reading requires completion of 36 credit hours.

Total Credits: 36

* All courses can be completed in the evenings except MEDUC 605 - Literacy Specialist Practicum . The practicum requires 90 hours of on-site experiences that can only be completed during the day (fee applies).

Program Information

Gateway Assessment

In order to earn a Master of Education degree students must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, complete at least 36 credit hours of graduate-level coursework including a 6-credit practicum, have successfully presented a research capstone, and have passed each gateway.

Gateway 1: Entrance

Occurs for M.Ed. candidates at the time they make initial application to the M.Ed. program. Candidates move to Gateway 2 when all conditions for admissions have been met.

Gateway 2: Pre-Practicum

Requires that candidates meet with the program director to discuss assessment requirements of the appropriate specialized professional association. As applicable, the program director ensures that candidates have proper clearance to work in schools or other workplaces and that program requirements have been maintained.

Gateway 3: Transition

Occurs midway through the practicum when candidates submit a log of experiences and reflections to the university supervisor. Through a comparative analysis of the appropriate specialized professional association standards with the log of experiences and reflections, a plan for the remainder of the practicum is developed.

Gateway 4: Program Completion

Is the successful completion of the practicum (with a rubric score of 2.0+), research capstone (2.0 or better), and all program assessments and requirements as determined by a transcript analysis.

Program Completion Capstone

M.Ed. students are required to complete a graduate research capstone. MEDUC 630  and MEDUC 631  support capstone development.

Academic Policies

Admission and Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to candidacy may be awarded to those who have fulfilled all admission requirements. Upon advancement to candidacy, M.Ed. and MAT students have five years to complete their program. If necessary, students may petition for an extension. All graduate students must maintain a 3.00 GPA

Admission and Advancement Decision Appeals

Applicants who wish to appeal a decision regarding special student enrollment or advancement to candidacy decisions must submit a written request to the Chair of the Education Department (for MAT students) or to the M.Ed. director (for M.Ed. students).

Course Waivers

If a student has a strong undergraduate background or significant professional experiences in a field, he or she may request to have a core course waived by the chair (MAT)/MEd director. A waiver is not an award of credit, but it permits the student to substitute an approved higher-level course in place of the course requirement. Waivers are awarded to strengthen a student’s academic program.

Students interested in pursuing a course waiver may request an application for waiver from the Education Department.

Academic Sessions

Sessions are offered on a year-round basis.

Fall Semester: Fall I Session and Fall II Session Spring Semester: Spring I Session and Spring II Session Summer Semester: Summer I Session and Summer II Session Fall and spring sessions are each 8 weeks. Summer sessions are 5 weeks each.

Clinical Experiences


Master of Education students culminate their program of study with a practicum. A practicum provides prospective reading specialists/ technology facilitators/instructional leaders with scaffolded opportunities to experience the multiple roles of the reading/technology/instructional leader. With an experienced reading/ technology specialist or school administrator as a mentor and a university supervisor, participants will develop a Professional Development Plan so as to further develop and demonstrate their proficiency with the International Literacy Association (ILA) for Reading Specialists, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) for Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL). Lab fee applies.

Incomplete Policy for School of Education Practicums

Due to the nature of advanced practicums, a student receiving a grade of I (Incomplete) may be required to defer the completion of the practicum until the next time the experience is offered, which may be during the following academic year.  Requirements of practicum assessments, and/or reassigned practicum placements could require the candidate to participate in the experience in its entirety.


Mount St. Mary’s University emphasizes the integration of technology into teaching as outlined by the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) and their National Education Technology standards for students (NETS-S) and educators (NETS-E). Coursework models best practice in uses of technology as tools to enhance student learning.

The Mount uses Canvas as its course management platform. M.Ed. candidates use Chalk and Wire, an e-portfolio system, to develop their practicum portfolio.

Program Completer Status and Certification

IIn order to apply for K-12 Reading Specialist Certification through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the candidate must complete an approved program in reading. For specific details seeking Maryland Certification, consult the Maryland State Department of Education Certification Branch (http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/pages/dee/certification/index.aspx).