Education

Specialist Teacher of Reading (All Levels): Initial Teacher License

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS), on-campus graduate program

Boost your career and hone your literacy skills.

Get thorough training in strategies for teaching to meet the needs of diverse learners. Study children’s literature and approaches to aid struggling readers and writers. Learn how to transfer your own deep knowledge to school or district staff as a teacher-leader. Research literacy issues and policy in doctoral-level courses. You’ll emerge with the skills and training that will position you for an even more successful career.

At Lesley, our specialist teacher of reading programs have earned a reputation for producing outstanding graduates.

This program will position you to move to a higher-level position in your school or district. You’ll become familiar with the latest literacy research, teaching methods, and policy issues. Explore collaborative problem-solving. Take courses in literacy, literature, teaching writing, and the varied roles of the language arts professional. To prepare for your in-depth research, you’ll study quantitative and qualitative research methods. Student teaching experiences cover literacy assessment in theory and practice.

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

45 Credits
teacher at a table helping students reading

Student Teaching

Student teaching, a requirement of all initial licensure programs, is an opportunity to apply new skills to an active classroom environment and receive feedback from your supervising teachers and faculty. All placements are in an appropriate Massachusetts school, and are set up through our field placement office.

Outcomes
Our specialist teacher of reading certificate program prepares you to:
Reading & Literacy
Dr. Grace Enriquez
Grace’s work and research focuses on critical literacies and children’s literature for social justice. She was recently awarded two research grants, and her work has been published in national and international journals. Grace is co-author of The Classroom Bookshelf blog, which features reviews of books for children and young adults. The blog is now published nationally through the School Library Journal.
Careers
Where You'll Work
Lesley students go on to rewarding careers in a range of settings throughout Massachusetts and New England, including:

Faculty

Program Cost Description
Total approximate cost for this certificate program.
Specialist Teacher of Reading (All Levels): Initial Teacher License
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 45
    $43,875
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fee
    $320
    Activity Fee
    $180
    Materials Fee
    $140
    Practicum Fee
    $35
    Assessment Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Total approximate cost for this certificate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017-2018 academic year.
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