Aug 19, 2019  
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
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Reading, Language, Literacy and Culture Concentration, MEd

DepartmentElementary and Early Childhood Education 

The graduate reading program offers the degree of Master of Education in reading with a concentration in Language, Literacy and Culture. This Master of Education program provides experienced educators who already hold an initial license with an opportunity to enhance and expand their knowledge and skills in the area of language, literacy and culture. This program provides educators with a foundation in literacy learning across diverse populations and content areas, the use of assessment to inform instruction, the integration of the language arts, the integration of technology, and the knowledge of how to select and use a variety of genres of children’s books in the K-6 classroom. This Master of Education in reading concentration does not provide a Reading Specialist license.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 based on four years of work or a 3.0 undergraduate GPA based on work completed in the junior and senior years
  • *A composite score of 170 or 99% ranking (clear admit) or a score of 160 or 85% ranking (conditional admit) in the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test
  • Possession of a Massachusetts State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education active teacher licensure (Initial or Professional)
    1. Possession of a Massachusetts State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education active licensure as a Reading Specialist (Initial or Professional) or
    2. A qualifying score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills (01)
  • A rating of “one” on three letters of recommendation (at least one from teaching supervisor and one who has knowledge of applicant’s aptitude for advanced scholarship)
  • One year teaching experience in the area of licensure
  • Foundational knowledge in computer technology (Microsoft Word and Office)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work


*Bridgewater State University, College of Graduate Studies Current Student and Recent Alumni GRE Waiver: Applicants are eligible for the GRE waiver if they are current BSU undergraduate senior or recent BSU alumni (five years of fewer) and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. If both of these criteria are met, the GRE requirement will be waived as an admissions requirement for the individual.

Program of Study

Exit requirement

In addition to the course requirements above, candidates must demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Successful completion of the Literacy Professional’s Library
  • An oral presentation or exhibit pertaining to a topic in literacy
  • A passing score on the written comprehensive examination (Please see Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures  for additional information.)
  • Support for the work of professional literacy organizations

Total minimum credits: 30