Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Reading Education (M.Ed.) 

Admission to the Reading Education (M.Ed.) is for Fall Term Only:

  • Priority Deadline: June 15
  • Final Deadline: August 15

The Reading Education (M.Ed.) is offered primarily through the Towson Learning Network. If you are interested in applying for a future cohort, you must contact

Admission Criteria

  • No GRE scores are required.
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is required for full admission to the program, and 2.75 is required for conditional admission. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 credits of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study. See graduate admissions policies for more information.
  • Candidates in the M.Ed. in Reading Education Program are not required to have or be eligible for a teaching certificate. This is to allow individuals interested in careers that do not require a state teaching certification (e.g., community college developmental reading, adult literacy education, private schools, the publishing industry) to pursue the degree. It is, however, important to understand that completing the M.Ed. in Reading Education does not carry automatic state certification. Maryland State Certification for Reading Specialist has these requirements:

    • Eligibility for teacher certification in early childhood, elementary, secondary or special education
    • Three years of classroom teaching experience
    • M.Ed. in Reading Education from an approved program (e.g., Towson University)
    • A total of three units in special education coursework at the undergraduate or graduate level

Application Requirements 

Submit an online application, application fee and official transcripts, along with:

  • Essay: A personal essay that addresses the applicant’s experience and/or approach to caring for all students, collaboration with other professionals and commitment to professional practice.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

U.S. Immigration requires F1 and J1 students to be enrolled full-time with the majority of their classes taken in-person and on campus. For a list of TU programs that comply as well as information on required credential evaluations and English-language proficiency, please see admission requirements for international students.