Master of Education in Reading

with a New Jersey Reading Specialist Certification

About Our Program

33 Credits

The Masters of Education in Reading degree is designed to prepare those teachers with a deeper understanding of the reading process which considers children of different abilities and diverse backgrounds. This program will assist teachers and instructional leaders in developing a thorough understanding of current Literacy theory and practice as it relates to the K-12 reading and writing process.  Literacy teachers need the comprehensive background that the program will provide and need to understand and apply research to their instructional practice.

The Masters of Education in Reading at Centenary College will enable the students to meet the State requirements for the New Jersey Reading Specialist Certification while completing a Masters of Education degree. This certification enables a teacher to provide reading/literacy instruction in Kindergarten through grade 12. 

This program is offered in a blended format with some courses delivered online and the remainder in a traditional classroom setting.

Program Goals:

  • Develop an understanding by applying literacy theory/research to in-service training and coordination of instruction for students or groups of students who are having difficulty learning to read.
  • Learn the skills necessary to be able to recommend methods and materials to be used in the district’s literacy program and contribute to the evaluation of the reading and writing achievement of students.
  • To "integrate community service...with the curriculum to create a powerful learning and developmental experience through the practice of reflective inquiry.” Our teachers will complete a practicum in reading in which they will work with struggling readers in the community. Through this outreach program, teachers will explore activities, strategies and techniques that are immediately applicable in the classroom. This program will also help our teachers become more reflective practitioners. Other courses will be designed around authentic project-based activities. The courses will be designed to accommodate the 21st century learner.

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed application
  • Bachelors Degree
  • Teaching Certification-Please send a copy of your standard certificate of your Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing with application.
  • Original transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Personal statement
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA to enter the Master of Education Reading/Reading Specialist Certification program is 2.8.
  • Two professional or educational letters of recommendation
  • Students must achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each course. Students who do not achieve a “B” or higher in each course will be dropped from the program. (Please refer to the Centenary Course Catalog for more details.)

Additional Reading Specialist Certification Requirements:

Individuals working towards their Reading Specialist Certification will need to present the following additional requirements to the Education Department at the time of application for certification:

  1. An original letter from the principal, on the school’s official letterhead.
    Included should be dates of employment and the positions held during those specific dates.
  2. Must have at least two years of successful, fulltime teaching experience

Please note that if you have already been admitted to the program please contact Professor Frances Congdon at (908)852-1400 ext. 2249 for clarification as to how to progress towards earning your degree.

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Contact Information

Brianna Whitehouse
Graduate Enrollment Counselor
(908) 852-1400 ext. 2078

Program Advisor:

Fran Congdon
(908) 852-1400 ext. 2249