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Reading Specialist Licensure

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) Literacy and Language (20- credit option) 

Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to receive a license as a reading specialist from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Search for the requirements for reading specialist licensure by completing the selection boxes as follows:

  • Category:  Academic Specialist Teacher
  • Field: Reading
  • Grade: All Levels
  • Type: Initial

The DESE also requires applicants for the reading specialist license to have an initial teaching license in another field, such as elementary education or speech-language pathology. Candidates need to have been working under that license for at least one year, and they need to pass the reading specialist test. 

The Literacy and Language CAS program (20-credits) leads to licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If you are not from MA, check with your state to see if they would accept this program for licensure as a reading specialist.

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL-Reading Specialist License)

Academic Year

IHP Pass rate

IHP Scaled Score Mean

State Scaled Score Mean

2018-2019

100%

265.7

250.0

2019-2020

91%

260.5

253.1

2020-2021

93%

262.3

250.7

2021-2022 YTD

100%

267.5

248.4

Average pass rate for these 4 years is 96%
 


Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include becoming a

  • School-based literacy specialist providing direct services to students 
  • School-based literacy coach providing direct services to teachers
  • Administrator of a K-6 or K-12 literacy program
  • Private literacy consultant to schools
  • Private literacy tutor

Resources

International Dyslexia Association

International Reading Association