Education Specialist Degree in Reading and Language, Ed.S.

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Blended program - Most of the courses are online, however those marked with a † have on-campus components

The program is open only to teachers who work in Massachusetts schools and who hold either an initial or professional Massachusetts teaching license in Elementary Education, Middle/Secondary English, English Language Learners, Moderate Disabilities or Early Childhood Education.
If you are not a Massachusetts teacher, please refer to the general Ed.S. in Reading and Language.

This ten course program is designed to meet the needs of experienced practitioners who already hold a M.Ed. in a field other than reading and language.

First time students should register using the Non-Degree Course Registration Form for NEW Students. For academic advising on this degree program, please contact Dr. Vera Ossen at

Foundations of Education - 3 credits

  1. EDUC.6300 Educating Diverse Populations - Available Summer 2017!

Specialization - 18 credits

  1. EDUC.6100 Teaching Reading in Content Area - Available Summer 2017!
  2. EDUC.5220 Young Adult Literature (06.522)
  3. EDUC.5270 Language Acquisition
  4. EDUC.5280 Assessment of Reading and Language Disabilities *
  5. EDUC.5290 Treatment Reading and Language Disabilities
  6. EDUC.5490 Theory and Research: Reading and Language

Practicum - 6 credits

  1. EDUC.5500 Reading Specialist: Practicum I†**
  2. EDUC.5511 Literacy Coach: Practicum II †**

Culminating Seminar - 3 credits

  1. EDUC.6560 Ed.S Seminar ***

*EDUC.5280 is a prerequisite for EDUC.5290. These two courses are best taken in consecutive semesters and should not be taken as first courses in the program.

**EDUC.5500 must be taken before EDUC.5511 and after all other course requirements have been met, although it is possible to take one course concurrent with the practicum each semester.

***May only be taken after the completion of eight courses in the program.

†Note most of the above courses are offered online, however those marked with a '†' have on-campus components.

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Course Descriptions

EDUC.5220 Young Adult Literature (06.522)

The major emphasis of the course will be discussion and analysis of the goals of a literature curriculum and the exploration of various methods for achieving these goals. The characteristics of the different genres of literature will be discussed in detail 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.5270 Language Acquisition

This course will focus on the study of the acquisition of language and the relationship of language learning to the development of literacy. Students will examine both first and second language acquisition. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge of language acquisition to best teaching practices for enhancing first and second language development in the classroom and to the development of literacy. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.5280 Assessment of Reading and Language Disabilities

This course examines the selection and use of procedures to make an adequate clinical and educational diagnosis. Includes the assessment of function and dysfunction in factors associated with language development; receptive, expressive, writing, reading; and the administration and interpretation of individual and group tests of perceptual, motor, and conceptual functioning in reading and language. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.5290 Treatment Reading and Language Disabilities

This course will explore the specific practices in remedial teaching in grades K-12, using published materials, and developing new materials for small group, whole class, and tutoring settings. Students will develop and implement realistic corrective programs based on the interpretation of literacy assessments. These programs will include selecting strategies of instruction and materials, and establishing a framework of time and evaluation. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 06.528 pre-req

EDUC.5490 Theory and Research: Reading and Language

A final course on the national and international research in reading and language and the pertinence and proposed implementation of research findings to instruction and the various roles of the reading supervisor or director. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.5500 Reading Specialist: Practicum I

The Reading Specialist Practicum requires students to use the knowledge gained in their coursework to design, implement, and analyze a program for struggling readers in a clinical experience. The practicum meets both Massachusetts and IRA standards for Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.5511 Literacy Coach: Practicum II

This is the second of two clinical practicum experiences in the Reading and Language program. Candidates will design a professional development project in their school setting which will allow them to model lessons, observe and co-teach with peers, and provide feedback to teachers and paraprofessionals. The online seminar provides support for implementing the program. The practicum meets the guidelines for the International Reading Association 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6100 Teaching Reading in Content Area

This course presents the theoretical foundation and current best practices for content area reading, writing, and study skills. The focus is on motivation, cognition, memory, and verbal processing theories as they apply to methodology. Students learn to develop lessons and units that integrate reading and writing while covering concepts in the content areas. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6300 Educating Diverse Populations

As the world becomes increasingly diverse, educators must be prepared to examine, confront, and manage the factors that affect the education of all children. This course addresses several central issues focusing on how teachers address the problems that confront students who differ from the majority population in language, ethnicity, culture, gender, and sexual orientation. Ensuring that their families and communities are actively involved in the educational process is also an important component of the course. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6560 Ed.S Seminar

Candidates undertake an in-depth study of issues pertinent to PK-12 education and develop a product to address these issues. Candidates must complete 24 credits prior to registering for the Ed.S Seminar. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Ed.S. Matriculated only

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