Master's Degree & Certification

Reading Education (MEd)

Build and enrich your literacy teaching capabilities through Widener’s reading education master’s program.

Reading Education Hero

Program Overview

By pursuing a master's in reading education at Widener, you’ll learn the current methodologies, techniques, and technologies for effectively teaching your students to read efficiently. Our program emphasizes academic excellence, collaboration, diversity, and lifelong learning for application in the classroom or clinical environment.

You and your fellow graduate students will bring knowledge and work experience to the program while you build and implement effective literacy programs based on current pedagogy and research. You can also earn a reading specialist certification and literacy coach certification through the program.

Widener's Center for Education is proud of its 2016 NCATE accreditation and is prepared to meet the renewed rigor and relevance of excellence by seeking accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 2023 standards. Eligible programs take steps to maintain gapless national accreditation for educator preparation. See CAEP standards and annual impact and outcome measures. 

Program Options

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Our courses are offered in a flexible format designed specifically for working educators. To accommodate your schedule and lifestyle, you can attend the program part- or full-time. We also offer online and hybrid course instruction, as well as evening classes held once a week.

The 27-credit reading specialist certification program is designed to further prepare practicing teachers to enhance literacy education. Courses focus on such topics as comprehension development, word analysis, vocabulary development, assessment, and corrective instruction of reading difficulties.

The courses in this program matriculate into the reading education masters program. Upon completion of this certificate program, graduates are eligible for Pennsylvania Department of Education certification.

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The Center for Education offers certified reading specialists a Pre-K-12 Instructional Coach endorsement certificate through a peer coaching framework in Pre-K–12 classrooms. You can also opt to become an Instructional Coach, or choose to specialize in Literacy (Instructional Coaching-Literacy Emphasis Endorsement).

The Instructional Coaching Endorsement is available for reading specialists who desire to further strengthen their professional knowledge and skills in instructional coaching. Widener University’s Instructional Coaching Program will be based on current Pennsylvania Standards Aligned Curriculum and address the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Instructional Coach Endorsement Competencies as well as The International Literacy Association’s (ILA) Standards for Reading Professionals—Revised 2010.

The 12-credit Instructional Coaching Endorsement Program will consist of a sequence of four graduate courses with a minimum of 45 hours of field experiences. It will be possible for candidates to meet this requirement within one year.

This program is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

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Admissions Information

  • Complete the application form
  • Copy of your Resume.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Have an official transcript sent from all previous graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from colleagues, supervisors, or college professors.
  • Complete a writing sample. Contact the Writing Center at 610-499-4332 to schedule an appointment. The writing sample can be waived if you have an acceptable undergraduate GPA.

You will have an admissions interview with a faculty advisor.

We have rolling admissions, so you may enter the program in any semester.

As an incoming MEd student, you are eligible to receive a program-specific scholarship upon acceptance. Scholarship amounts are awarded based on program-specific criteria.

There is no need to fill out a scholarship application. You are automatically considered and if you have been chosen for a scholarship, it will appear in your acceptance letter.

Program Highlights

Enrich your career with the most current literacy teaching knowledge and techniques to help you support your students’ reading skills.

A Professional Learning Community

You will take courses as part of a professional learning community, where your knowledge and work experience are integrated others. You'll have the fast-track to developing leadership, consultative, and collaborative skills.

Experiential & Field-Based Learning

At Widener, you will build on your professional reputation and gain the skills to effectively teach literacy and reading through integrated experiential and field-based learning opportunities. You’ll work closely with area children doing coursework, culminating with a summer reading practicum, facilitating language development and literacy success.

Mentoring Relationships & Individualized Attention

Our faculty are committed to education excellence, scholarship, and service, They will work closely with you on research projects that transform theory into practice. With our small class sizes, you’ll receive individual attention from well-qualified and respected faculty who will help you construct a foundation for career enrichment and success in the field of literacy education.

Faculty

Richard E. Thurlow
Associate Professor

"My interests include brain development, literacy development, and applications of technology in research and instruction. My greatest excitement in teaching comes from the way that working with graduate students spills over to my teaching of undergraduates and vice versa."

Dana Reisboard
Associate Professor

"My teaching focuses upon cognitive processing and application. In this regard, critical literacy complements the cognitive learning process. Critical literacy is the ability to actively read a text that promotes an understanding of social concepts and human relationships."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Reading specialist
  • Reading tutor
  • K–12 literacy teacher
  • Author
  • Literacy entrepreneur

Diverse Career Possibilities

Additional potential careers for the reading education master's degree include: literacy coach, resource specialist, researcher, learning assistance program administrator, teacher educator, and more.

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