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FAQs, Reading Education (MEd)

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the master of education (MEd) in reading program at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left) or schedule a visit.

How long does the master’s program take?

In a typical six unit per semester course of study, the 30-credit master’s degree can be completed in five semesters.

How long does the master’s plus reading specialist certification take?

The master’s plus certification is 36 credits. This program can be completed in six semesters.

What is the deadline for applications?

Our program accepts applications for students who wish to begin in either the fall or spring semesters. Application deadlines vary. Please check our website or contact the department office for current academic deadlines.

When do classes start? How long is each class?

Our classes, whether offered face to face, hybrid, or online run a 16-week semester schedule. Classes meet once weekly for three hours. The fall semester typically begins the Monday before Labor Day.

What is the difference in programs between the master’s program and the master’s plus reading specialist certification?

The master’s plus reading specialist certification program requires an additional six credit summer practicum as well as successful completion of the Reading Specialist PK–12 Educational Testing Service Praxis II exam. This course provides students with the opportunity to learn how to plan and implement a prescription for the remediation of an individual’s reading and writing disability. Comprehensive record-keeping procedures are used to show progress toward established goals. Each student has the responsibility for the remediation of disabled readers.

What do I need to do to qualify for the MEd in reading?

The candidate must complete all degree requirements within a total of six calendar years. The candidate must complete at least 30-semester hours of credit in the graduate program, including transfer credit and replacements for waived courses.  

Will my reading specialist certification be recognized in another state?

Certification requirements for reading specialists vary by state. Candidates are strongly advised to check their state Department of Education for the most up-to-date information regarding reading specialist certification requirements.