Reading Education (M.Ed.)

The M.Ed. in reading education provides you with advanced skills to enhance literacy for all learners. You’ll be prepared to coach classroom teachers, paraprofessionals and parents and advocate for successful learning environments.

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Why Earn a Master's Degree in Reading Education?

As the premier teacher-training institution in Maryland, Towson University has a 150-year tradition of preparing classroom teachers, education specialists and school leaders.

The Master of Education in reading education program is designed to prepare reading teachers and reading specialists, primarily for K-12 education but also for community colleges, industry, adult education programs, commercial education centers and private practice.

The program will prepare you to:

  • provide specialized literacy instruction and assessment, in cooperation with other professionals, to students at all levels
  • provide literacy services individually and in groups
  • communicate with colleagues, parents and the community about literacy issues, and conduct professional development workshops on literacy topics
  • coach and mentor colleagues
  • advocate for literacy development
  • interpret literacy research

Course Offerings

The 36-unit program includes nine required courses and three electives, two of which must be in the area of literacy. A highlight of our program is the English Language Learner concentration that students may choose if they would like for their three electives:

•    REED 650 Social, Cultural, and Curricular Contexts for Second Language Learning

•    REED 651 Instruction and Assessment for Second Language Learners

•    REED 652 Linguistics for Educators

*This sequence is designed to prepare students for the Praxis II ESOL exam. In Maryland, if you pass the ESOL Praxis, you become ESOL Certified. Learn more about the test by reviewing the Praxis Study Companion (PDF).

The Reading Certificate of Advanced Study in reading education is also available.

Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

View admission and degree requirements and course descriptions for the M.Ed. in reading education in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Video Content

Watch videos about the reading program and reading clinic. 

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Program Advantages 

Reading Clinic

The program includes a practicum at TU’s Reading Clinic where you’ll work one-on-one with children and their parents to incorporate technology into literacy programs.