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Online Master of Education in Reading

Changing Lives Through Literacy

What strategies support and engage students during reading instruction? What are the best ways to deliver reading education to individuals with disabilities and culturally diverse students? And what are the various formal and informal assessment procedures? Those who aim to answer those questions and change lives by helping others achieve literacy can benefit from a master’s in education in reading.

School of Education

The synchronous online Master of Education in reading is part of the School of Education. Rigorous programs and close interaction with acclaimed faculty ensure that graduates leave the Mount ready to make a difference in a rapidly changing educational environment.

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About the Program

The Mount's online Master of Education in reading is designed to prepare you to serve as a reading specialist for your school. After graduation, you'll be able to seek advanced certification as a reading specialist, K-12, from the Maryland State Department of Education.

The program will cover literacy assessment and intervention, reading in secondary content areas, and literacy instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse and neurodiverse students. Courses will also cover how the reading specialist plans and delivers research-based professional development workshops for colleagues and communicates data-driven decisions with K-12 learners, their parents, colleagues and policy makers.

Lastly, a practicum will give you the opportunity to participate on a school-based literacy team and teach K-12 students under the mentorship of a certified reading specialist. The practicum emphasizes using assessments to develop and deliver reading interventions to individuals and small groups of students, as well as designing and providing professional development for other educators, paraprofessionals and parents.

With a Master of Education in reading, you can pursue positions such as a reading specialist at public or private schools.

The acclaimed M.Ed. program is also recognized for:

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

Additional Programs

Master of Education study tracks also include a concentration in instructional design and technology and a program in instructional leadership.

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As a special education teacher for elementary school students, the Mount’s reading program positioned me to become more versed in each of my students’ unique reading needs.

Nikole Jones, M.Ed’16 Master of Education, Concentration in Reading

Affordability & Financial Aid

Graduate level programs are designed to be taken one course at a time and program pricing is set by credit hours instead of by the year like traditional undergraduate programs.

  • 2023-24 tuition rates effective July 1, 2023 - $21,740 – Estimated total cost of program tuition, including fees.* Cost is based on 36 credits (twelve (12) classes) at $600 per credit, plus practicum I fees ($140).
  • 2024-25 tuition rates effective July 1, 2024 - $22,110 – Estimated total cost of program tuition, including fees.* Cost is based on 36 credits (twelve (12) classes) at $610 per credit, plus practicum I fees ($150).
  • No application fee.
  • Students may transfer in up to nine (9) graduate credits.
  • 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 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

The online Master of Education program is for certified teachers seeking the professional role of reading specialist/literacy coach in grades K-12.

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

Application Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in education with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  • Official transcript(s) from all accredited institutions attended after high school.
  • Copy of current valid teaching certificate.

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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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