Literacy – Reading, Online Program (MEd)

Literacy – Reading, Online Program (MEd)

Degree Offered: Master of Education in Literacy

Concentration: Reading

Campus Location

1600 Valley Road Building

Application Deadline:

Rolling Admissions

Program Description:

William Paterson University’s College of Education offers the M. Ed. in Literacy program, which is accredited by the International Reading Association (IRA). The program is now a fully online program. This maintains the rigor and integrity of the face-to-face program by preparing candidates to meet the reading and literacy needs of diverse learners in twenty-first century classrooms. The online program, however, offers candidates synchronous and asynchronous options for completing course work.This program is designed to prepare graduate students who are certified teachers to work professionally in the highly specialized field of teaching reading and writing to P-12 students.

Graduates of this program may be certified as reading specialists (P-12) and are also qualified to work with college students and adults who have reading problems. Students also have the option to take the MEd in language arts concentration that focuses on all forms of communicative literacy, including the use of technology to transmit and receive meaningful discourse in school settings.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.75 on 4.00 scale.*
  • Minimum verbal score of 150 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or minimum score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).*
  • A 250-500 word essay by the applicant on his or her philosophy of education and reasons for applying to this graduate program.
  • A copy of a teaching certificate and/or a resume of any teaching or educational work the applicant has performed.
  • Two professional letters of reference, at least one from a professor or other person who can attest to the applicant’s academic abilities.
  • Copy of NJ Standard or CEAS teaching certificate.

*Upon the program director's approval, applicants who do not meet the grade point average or standardized test requirements may supplement the application with additional materials in support of their academic potential for successful completion of the graduate degree.

Program Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 33 credits of graduate study.
  • Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination, which carries no course credit.

Requirements for Reading Specialist P-12 Certification

  • Completion of this MEd in literacy program or another master’s degree, plus 30 graduate credits in reading.
  • Two years of contractual, supervised classroom teaching experience.

New Jersey Supervisory Endorsement

The State of New Jersey has approved a supervisory certification for recent graduates of William Paterson’s MEd in literacy program, provided that they complete two additional courses in the University’s educational leadership program. Students who graduated after August 1999 are eligible to apply to take the following two courses and, upon satisfactory completion of the requirements, be certified as a supervisor:

  • EDLP 6040 Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice
  • EDLP 6090 Supervision and Evaluation: People, Programs, and Performance
MEd in Literacy (Reading)33 credits
Required Courses 27 credits
ELRL 6010 Theoretical Foundations of Literacy 3
ELRL 6170 Literacy for Children in the Twenty-First Century 3
ELRL 6200 Diagnosis of Reading Problems: Practicum 3
ELRL 6210 Remediation of Reading Problems: Practicum 3
ELRL 6230 Practicum in Teaching Reading 3
ELRL 6240 Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs and Personnel 3
ELRL 6250 Adolescent and Adult Literacy in the Twenty-First Century 3
ELRL 6270 Research in Reading 3
ELRL 6330 Socio-Psycholinguistics and Reading 3
Literature Courses 3-6 credits
Select AT LEAST one of the following:
ELRL 6040 Recent Trends in Children’s Literature 3
ELRL 6050 Advanced Inquiry into Literature for Children and Youth 3
ELRL 6260 Literature for Adolescents 3
Approved Elective Courses 0-3 credits
Choose one of the approved electives below OR another literature course above (i.e., ELRL 6040, ELRL 6050, ELRL 6260)
ELRL 6030 Literacy Instruction, English Language Learners 3
ELEC 6180 Language Development and Emergent Literacy 3
ELEE 6040 Writing in the Elementary School 3
ELRL 6220 Educating the Adult: Basic Reading 3
ELRL 6340 Teaching Critical Reading in the Content Areas 3
SOC 6300 Ethnic and Racial Experiences 3
ELRL 6310 Written Expression with Technology 3
SPED 5550 Educational Foundations in a Diverse Society 3
Other courses may be selected in consultation with the advisor.