Master's of Education (MED)

Reading/Literacy Specialization

Hybrid or Online 33 major credits * 2 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Hybrid or online program

2 year or less completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE or admission tests

No weekend classes

What You Learn

Based on the standards of the International Literacy Association (ILA) for Reading Professionals, current standards for English Language Arts Literacy (ELAL), and the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers (NJPST), the program builds expertise through courses in the theories and processes of reading and writing, diagnosis and remediation, assessment, best practice literacy instruction strategies, program evaluation, coaching techniques, and a practicum. These provide experiences for candidates to work with a variety of approaches and strategies and design, select, and use standard and alternate instruction, assessment, and coaching techniques that fit the needs of diverse students and educators.

 All courses include a keystone assessment/artifact that demonstrates the accomplishment of course goals and the integration of acquired knowledge and skills. As candidates progress toward program completion, their course artifacts are archived in an electronic or e-portfolio and monitored by program faculty to ensure compliance with the New Jersey Department of Education’s standards for novice Reading Specialists. By the end of the program, candidates have amassed a substantial body of evidence that they have met Georgian Court’s and the state’s standards for novice Reading Specialists.

How You Learn

This is a cohort program. The entire program is laid out in advance. Students finish 1, 3-credit course every 7.5 weeks. Cohort courses run during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Online activities may include assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments, and group activities done electronically.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned an M.Ed. with Reading/Literacy Specialization Certification. Program completers with two years full time teaching experience will also be eligible for NJ educational services certification as a Reading Specialist.

Reading Specialist Certificate Option:

If you already hold a Masters degree, we may have the option for you to take the remaining coursework you need to obtain a Reading Specialist Certificate. While we do not offer a state approved Reading Specialist program, our coursework is state approved. Coursework will vary based on what you have already completed. To find out what courses you need, obtain an evaluation with the NJ Department of Education. Contact the Office of Evaluation at 609-376-3974 or, or Licensing Office at or 609-292-2070. Once you obtain an evaluation with the state, we can work with you to determine when you can take those courses with GCU.

Degree Requirements

EDC 5201Nature of the Reading Process3
EDC 5202Literature for Children & Youth3
EDC 5203Reading and Writing in the Content Areas3
EDC 5034Introduction to Learning Disabilities3
EDC 5204Articulation, Supervision & Evaluation of Reading Programs3
EDC 5027Literacy for Second Language Learners3
EDC 6201Assessment and Diagnosis of Reading Problems3
EDC 6202Research Based Techniques for the Correction of Reading Problems3
EDC 6084Reading Practicum (completed over an entire semester)3
EDC 5001Philosophical & Psychological Foundations of Inclusive Education3
EDC 5014Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools3
 Total Credit Hours:33
Please Note:

Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy and updates to NJDOE certification regulations.

Program completers who meet the requirements for NJ Department of Education NJ Reading Specialist Certificate apply through GCU’s School of Education. This application requires documentation of HIB training and the completion of a GCU School of Education form by a school administrator to verify at least two years of full time classroom teaching experience.