Communication Sciences and Disorders

Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy and Language


The Reading Specialist Licensure program at MGH Institute of Health Professions is designed for educators with an initial license in another subject matter area who wish to become licensed as a reading specialist.

The program is an accelerated route to reading licensure in MA and NH.

This program complements the credentials of classroom teachers, special educators, speech-language pathologists, administrators, psychologists, and private tutors.

With its foundation in spoken-language development, the program is relevant for educators working with students who are second-language learners and students with diverse linguistic backgrounds.

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The Institute's Reading Specialist Licensure program at MGH Institute is one of only 17 programs in the country accredited by the International Dyslexia Association for meeting their Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.




This comprehensive 20-credit reading program:

  • Starts three times a year: September, January and May
  • Allows full- or part-time study with course schedules designed for busy professionals
  • Holds classes typically once a week, 5:00-7:50 p.m.

Most students complete the program in 18 months, taking classes on a part-time basis. Flexible sequencing of courses allows you to take courses at a pace and schedule that meet your needs.

Curricular Goals for the Reading Specialist Program

The Literacy and Language Certificate program places emphasis on how language development relates to reading proficiency and communication disorders. In the context of the latest evidence-based research, you will:

  • Become proficient in providing reading instruction for all students
  • Learn the most effective classroom screening instruments and individual diagnostic literacy tests
  • Develop the skills associated with interdisciplinary case consultation skills
  • Be prepared to take on a literacy leadership position

A major goal of the program is to develop you as a literacy leader who is able to leverage your knowledge and experience in order to improve reading and writing practices in schools and health care settings.

See the program's application process and requirements for more information. The Literacy and Language Certificate program is in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Learn more about the Institute's commitment to literacy.

Educators who wish to schedule an Information Session at their school or have specific questions about the program may contact the Literacy and Language Certificate program director, Melissa Feller.





If you are a student enrolled in or prospective student for the joint Master of Arts in Teaching Reading (Regis College), please review that option on the Reading Concentration page.


Gainful Employment Disclosure

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy and Language meets the Department of Education’s requirements for gainful employment disclosure. Please see our Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this program.

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