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Students in the Advanced Study in Reading certificate program at Mount St. Mary's University.

Online Advanced Study in Reading Certificate

Post-Baccalaureate Program for Working Teachers

With a graduate certificate in advanced study in reading from the Mount, you will be prepared to lead your school’s literacy initiatives as a literacy specialist or coach. A combination of nationally recognized coursework, on-site teaching experience and research will provide you with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of linguistically diverse and neurodiverse learners.

School of Education

The online advanced study in reading certificate is part of the School of Education. Rigorous programs and interactive coursework with acclaimed faculty ensure that graduates are prepared to make a difference in a rapidly changing educational environment.

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Advance Your Career as a Reading Specialist or Literacy Coach

Graduates of the program are eligible for certification as a reading specialist, K-12, from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The Mount's program includes:

  • Emphasis on planning for culturally and linguistically diverse and neurodiverse students.
  • Six courses and a practicum (24 credits total) that can be completed on a part-time basis.
  • Evening online classes, synchronous and asynchronous, are designed for working adults.
  • National recognition by the International Literacy Association.
  • Accredited by -the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation ( (AAQEP).

Additional Programs

The School of Education also offers certificate programs in instructional design and technology, along with instructional leadership.

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Affordability & Financial Aid

The graduate certificate in advanced study in reading is for certified teachers who hold a bachelor's degree. Candidates are seeking the professional role of reading specialist/literacy coach in grades K-12.

  • $14,540 - Estimated total cost of program tuition, including fees.*
  • Cost is based on 24 credits (6 classes and one 6 credit practicum) at $600 per credit, plus practicum fee ($140).*
  • No application fee.
  • Financial assistance may be available through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, employer tuition remission or reimbursement, or deferment of undergraduate loans.

*Tuition and fees represent 2023-24 rates, effective July 1, 2023. Tuition is subject to change without notice. Learn more about tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled on at least half-time basis (6-credits per semester) may qualify for financial aid. You may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, or deferment of undergraduate loans.

The Mount also has a variety of employer tuition remission or reimbursement agreements with local school systems, businesses and community colleges, so you may just get a discount from your employer or previous college. Learn more about Graduate Student Financial Aid at the Mount.

Not sure if you qualify for financial aid? Learn more from our financial aid office.

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Admissions & Application

  • Classes begin: Every semester.
  • Admissions: Rolling.
  • No application fee.

Admissions requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in education with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  • Current valid teaching certification.

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For questions, please contact:

Mary Newton
Assistant to the Dean
School of Education

Graduate Education Programs Archbishop Borders Hall 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road Emmitsburg, MD 21727

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Where graduates with a certificate in advanced study in reading go.

Mount graduates with a certificate in advanced study in reading have been hired by school districts such as:

  • Frederick County Public Schools.
  • Montgomery County Public Schools.
  • Howard Public Schools.
  • Carroll Country Public Schools.